tease

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

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

to provoke or disturb a person or animal by importunity or persistent petty annoyances.

noun

a person who teases or annoys.
the act of teasing or the state of being teased.

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
SYNONYMS FOR tease
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Related forms

Synonym study

1. See bother.
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British Dictionary definitions for teasingly

tease

/ (tiːz) /

verb

noun

a person or thing that teases
the act of teasing
See also tease out
Derived Formsteasing, adjectiveteasingly, adverb

Word Origin for tease

Old English tǣsan; related to Old High German zeisan to pick
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Medicine definitions for teasingly

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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