verb (used with object), teased, teas·ing.
verb (used without object), teased, teas·ing.
- teasdale, sara,
- tease out,
- teasel family,
- teasel gourd,
Origin of tease
Examples from the Web for tease
He proceeds to tease me, asking if our interview is “secretly a date?”My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star|Emily Shire|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sexual acts are mysterious, unpredictable, and passionate; they tease your senses.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’|Aurora Snow|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We were about to go to sleep, but I decided to tease him about his weird habit of having the pillow a certain way on the bed.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.|Anonymous|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Journalism assumes an immutable truth, that a few more calls, a bit more reporting will tease it out of reluctant informants.We Interrupt This Broadcast: How a TV Producer Learned to Write Fiction|George Lerner|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Harry appeared to tease his blond friend after the wardrobe malfunction was spotted.
I cannot say at what age I made my first kites, but I remember how my comrades used to tease me at our game of "Pigeon flies!"My Airships|Alberto Santos-Dumont
The Emperor continued to tease and quiz, pulling Betsy's ear or her dress, and always managing to escape being caught.Napoleon's Young Neighbor|Helen Leah Reed
That after all that has vexed him this week, I should tease him with such a trick.The Heir of Redclyffe|Charlotte M. Yonge
They tried to tease Pete on the afternoons performance that evening, but Pete was invulnerable to gibes.On Your Mark!|Ralph Henry Barbour
It will be dreadfully difficult to tease Robert, because he is so direct and simple, but I must try, I suppose.Red Hair|Elinor Glyn
Word Origin for tease
Old English tæsan "pluck, pull apart" (fibers of wool, flax, etc.), from West Germanic *taisijanan (cf. Danish tæse, Middle Dutch tesen, Dutch tezen "to draw, pull, scratch," Old High German zeisan "to tease, pick wool").
The original sense is of running thorns through wool or flax to separate, shred, or card the fibers. The figurative sense of "vex, worry, annoy" emerged 1610s. For similar sense development, see heckle. Hairdressing sense is recorded from 1957.
"one who teases," 1852, from tease (v.). Specifically as short for cock-teaser, it was in use by 1976.