[ teez ]
/ tiz /
verb (used with object), teased, teas·ing.
to irritate or provoke with persistent petty distractions, trifling raillery, or other annoyance, often in sport.
to pull apart or separate the adhering fibers of (wool or the like), as in combing or carding; comb or card, as wool; shred.
to ruffle (the hair) by holding it at the ends and combing toward the scalp so as to give body to a hairdo.
to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; teasel.
Also teaser. Television Slang. a short scene or highlight shown at the beginning of a film or television show to attract the audience's attention.
verb (used without object), teased, teas·ing.
to provoke or disturb a person or animal by importunity or persistent petty annoyances.
a person who teases or annoys.
the act of teasing or the state of being teased.
Words nearby tease
Origin of tease
before 1000; Middle English tesen (v.), Old English tǣsan to pull, tear, comb; cognate with Middle Low German tesen, Old High German zeisan to pluck
OTHER WORDS FROM tease
teas·a·ble, adjectiveteas·a·ble·ness, nounteas·ing·ly, adverbout·tease, verb (used with object), out·teased, out·teas·ing.
synonym study for tease
1. See bother.
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British Dictionary definitions for teasable
/ (tiːz) /
to annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer
to arouse sexual desire in (someone) with no intention of satisfying it
to vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp by ridicule
(tr) to separate the fibres of; comb; card
(tr) to raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel
Also: backcomb US and Canadian to comb the under layers of (the hair) towards the roots to give more bulk to a hairstyle
(tr) to loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument
a person or thing that teases
the act of teasing
See also tease out
Derived forms of teaseteasing, adjectiveteasingly, adverb
Word Origin for tease
Old English tǣsan; related to Old High German zeisan to pick
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Medicine definitions for teasable
[ tēz ]
To separate the structural parts of a tissue, as with a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopic examination.
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