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Meaning of TEASE

Pronunciation:  teez

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
  3. [n]  someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
  4. [v]  ruffle by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect; of hair
  5. [v]  harass with persistent criticism or carping; "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"
  6. [v]  separate the fibers of
  7. [v]  disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
  8. [v]  raise the nap of (fabrics)
  9. [v]  tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
  10. [v]  annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
  11. [v]  offer and withdraw

TEASE is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: annoyer, badger, bait, beleaguer, bug, card, cod, coquette, flirt, fluff, harass, loosen, minx, pester, prickteaser, rag, rally, razz, ribbing, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease apart, teaser, teasing, twit, vamp, vamper, vexer
 See Also: adult female, arouse, banter, barrack, bedevil, bemock, brush, chaff, change surface, comb, comb out, control, crucify, disappoint, disentangle, disentangle, dun, excite, flout, frustrate, gibe, harassment, jeer, jolly, josh, keep in line, kid, let down, manipulate, mock, molestation, persona non grata, rag, rip up, scoff, separate, sex, shred, straighten out, tear up, torment, turn on, unsnarl, unwelcome person, wind up, woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tease\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Teased}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Teasing}.] [AS. t?san to pluck, tease; akin to OD. teesen,
    MHG. zeisen, Dan. t[ae]se, t[ae]sse. [root]58. Cf. {Touse}.]
    1. To comb or card, as wool or flax. ``Teasing matted wool.''
    2. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap;
    3. (Anat.) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with
       needles or similar instruments.
    4. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy,
       disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and
       raillery; to plague. --Cowper.
             He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts
             directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.
    Syn: To vex; harass: annoy; disturb; irritate; plague;
         torment; mortify; tantalize; chagrin.
    Usage: {Tease}, {Vex}. To tease is literally to pull or
           scratch, and implies a prolonged annoyance in respect
           to little things, which is often more irritating, and
           harder to bear, than severe pain. Vex meant originally
           to seize and bear away hither and thither, and hence,
           to disturb; as, to vex the ocean with storms. This
           sense of the term now rarely occurs; but vex is still
           a stronger word than tease, denoting the disturbance
           or anger created by minor provocations, losses,
           disappointments, etc. We are teased by the buzzing of
           a fly in our eyes; we are vexed by the carelessness or
           stupidity of our servants.
                 Not by the force of carnal reason, But
                 indefatigable teasing.            --Hudibras.
                 In disappointments, where the affections have
                 been strongly placed, and the expectations
                 sanguine, particularly where the agency of
                 others is concerned, sorrow may degenerate into
                 vexation and chagrin.             --Cogan.
    {Tease tenon} (Joinery), a long tenon at the top of a post to
       receive two beams crossing each other one above the other.
  2. \Tease\, n.
    One who teases or plagues. [Colloq.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are being teased means that you will win the favor of a wealthy person. Dreaming that you are teasing another person, foretells of success in business and that you will be surrounded by cheerful and friendly people.