[ tee-zer ]
/ ˈti zər /


a person or thing that teases.
Theater. a drapery or flat piece across the top of the proscenium arch that masks the flies and that, together with the tormentors, forms a frame for the stage opening.
Printing, Journalism. kicker(def 9).
an advertisement that lures customers or clients by offering a bonus, gift, or the like.
Television Slang. tease(def 5).

Nearby words

  1. tease,
  2. tease out,
  3. teasel,
  4. teasel family,
  5. teasel gourd,
  6. teashop,
  7. teasing,
  8. teaspoon,
  9. teaspoonful,
  10. teat

Origin of teaser

1350–1400; Middle English teser machine for teasing wool; see tease, -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for teaser


/ (ˈtiːzə) /


a person who teases
a preliminary advertisement in a campaign that attracts attention by making people curious to know what product is being advertised
a difficult question
vet science a vasectomized male animal, such as an ox, used to detect oestrus in females
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Word Origin and History for teaser



"short sample, introductory advertisement," 1934, agent noun from tease (v.).

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