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Origin of tease

First recorded before 1000; Middle English verb tese(n), teise, Old English tǣsan “to pull, tear, comb”; cognate with Middle Low German tesen, Old High German zeisan “to pluck”; the noun is derivative of the verb

synonym study for tease

1. See bother.

OTHER WORDS FROM tease

teas·a·ble, adjectiveteas·a·ble·ness, nounout·tease, verb (used with object), out·teased, out·teas·ing.un·teased, adjective
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How to use tease in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tease

tease
/ (tiːz) /

verb
noun
a person or thing that teases
the act of teasing
See also tease out

Derived forms of tease

teasing, adjectiveteasingly, adverb

Word Origin for tease

Old English tǣsan; related to Old High German zeisan to pick
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