verb (used with object), tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing.
- tantalic acid,
- tantalus monkey
Origin of tantalize
Examples from the Web for tantalise
A little snow fell, but only to tantalise us, for the ground never got covered more than half an inch.The Siberian Overland Route from Peking to Petersburg,|Alexander Michie
She must tantalise him sufficiently, must keep him on tenterhooks, not make herself too cheap.The Triumph of Hilary Blachland|Bertram Mitford
Once a day a small ration was doled out--pitifully small--enough to tantalise appetite, but not to still hunger.The Gaunt Gray Wolf|Dillon Wallace
The obstacles in his way, however, seemed to increase as circumstances combined to fret and tantalise his hopes.Banked Fires|E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
Sibylla began again: to tantalise him seemed a necessity of her life.Verner's Pride|Mrs. Henry Wood
Word Origin for tantalize
1590s, from Latin Tantalus, from Greek Tantalos, king of Phrygia, son of Zeus, punished in the afterlife (for an offense variously given) by being made to stand in a river up to his chin, under branches laden with fruit, all of which withdrew from his reach whenever he tried to eat or drink. His story was known to Chaucer (c.1369).