verb (used with object), tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing.
- tantalic acid,
- tantalus monkey
Origin of tantalize
Examples from the Web for tantalize
He proceeded to tantalize me by telling what a mule he had, and what a little mare he had, at home.
I could charm her, tantalize her, quicken her mind, arouse her imagination.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
But is not this to tantalize us by ordering us to do what we cannot do?The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Joshua|William Garden Blaikie
He wished to tantalize her, to draw her on, as he had the night before—to be cruel, to make her suffer!The Salamander|Owen Johnson
It occurred to Johnny that after all she had a right to tantalize—and this was really no moment for capitulation.The Innocent Adventuress|Mary Hastings Bradley
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).