tease
1. [ verb ] annoy persistently
Synonyms: badger pester harass bug beleaguer
Examples:

"The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

Related terms: torment pest
2. [ verb ] harass with persistent criticism or carping
Synonyms: taunt tantalize bait ride razz tantalise cod rally twit rag
Examples:

"The children teased the new teacher" "Don't ride me so hard over my failure" "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

Related terms: mock jeer kid twitting Tantalus tantaliser boo
3. [ noun ] someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
Synonyms: annoyer tantalizer vexer teaser
Related terms: tormentor unwelcome_person annoy
4. [ verb ] ruffle by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect; of hair
Synonyms: fluff
Related terms: comb comb-out
5. [ verb ] to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them
Examples:

"The advertisement is intended to tease the customers" "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"

Related terms: manipulate disappoint arouse
6. [ noun ] (sexuality) a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
Synonyms: coquette vamper vamp minx prickteaser flirt
Related terms: woman chat_up vamp
7. [ verb ] raise the nap of (fabrics)
Related terms: change_surface brush
8. [ verb ] tear into pieces
Examples:

"tease tissue for microscopic examinations"

Related terms: shred
9. [ verb ] mock or make fun of playfully
Examples:

"the flirting man teased the young woman"

Related terms: ridicule coquette
10. [ verb ] disentangle and raise the fibers of
Synonyms: loosen tease_apart
Examples:

"tease wool"

Related terms: disentangle teaser
11. [ verb ] separate the fibers of
Synonyms: card
Related terms: separate
12. [ noun ] the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
Synonyms: teasing ribbing
Examples:

"he ignored their teases" "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"

Related terms: harassment ridicule
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