|1.||[ verb ] annoy persistently|
|Synonyms:||badger pester harass bug beleaguer|
"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|
"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|
|Related terms:||comb comb-out|
|5.||[ verb ] to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them|
"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|
"tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
|9.||[ verb ] mock or make fun of playfully|
"the flirting man teased the young woman"
|Related terms:||ridicule coquette|
|10.||[ verb ] disentangle and raise the fibers of|
|Related terms:||disentangle teaser|
|11.||[ verb ] separate the fibers of|
|12.||[ noun ] the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances|
"he ignored their teases" "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
|Related terms:||harassment ridicule|