tease

[ teez ]
/ tiz /

verb (used with object), teased, teas·ing.

verb (used without object), teased, teas·ing.

to provoke, disturb, torment, or bully a person or animal with persistent annoyances or harassment.

noun

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Origin of tease

First recorded before 1000; Middle English tesen (verb), Old English tǣsan “to pull, tear, comb”; cognate with Middle Low German tesen, Old High German zeisan “to pluck”

synonym study for tease

1. See bother.

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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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Medical definitions for tease

tease
[ tēz ]

v.

To separate the structural parts of a tissue, as with a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopic examination.
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