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tease

play
transitive verb \ˈtēz\

Simple Definition of tease

  • : to laugh at and criticize (someone) in a way that is either friendly and playful or cruel and unkind

  • : to annoy or bother (an animal)

  • : to make (hair) look fuller or bigger by combing it in a special way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tease

teased

teasing

  1. 1a :  to disentangle and lay parallel by combing or carding <tease wool>b :  teasel

  2. 2 :  to tear in pieces; especially :  to shred (a tissue or specimen) for microscopic examination

  3. 3a :  to disturb or annoy by persistent irritating or provoking especially in a petty or mischievous wayb :  to annoy with petty persistent requests :  pester; also :  to obtain by repeated coaxingc :  to persuade to acquiesce especially by persistent small efforts :  coaxd :  to manipulate or influence as if by teasinge :  to make fun of :  kid

  4. 4 :  to comb (hair) by taking hold of a strand and pushing the short hairs toward the scalp with the comb

  5. 5 :  to tantalize especially by arousing desire or curiosity often without intending to satisfy it

teasingly

play \ˈtē-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of tease in a sentence

  1. He and his wife enjoy teasing each other about their different tastes in music.

  2. The other children teased her because she was wearing braces.

  3. He was always teased by his brother about being short.

  4. Oh, don't get so angry. I was just teasing!

  5. The boy's mother told him to stop teasing the dog.



Origin and Etymology of tease

Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan; akin to Old High German zeisan to tease


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of tease

worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation <pursued a policy of worrying the enemy>. annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks <you're doing that just to annoy me>. harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power <harassed on all sides by creditors>. harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment <the strikers had been harried by thugs>. plague implies a painful and persistent affliction <plagued all her life by poverty>. pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks <constantly pestered with trivial complaints>. tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath <children teased the dog>.

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tease

noun

Definition of tease

  1. 1 :  the act of teasing :  the state of being teased

  2. 2 :  one that teases



Examples of tease in a sentence

  1. a pretty girl who has the reputation of being a bit of a tease

  2. The lower rate is just a tease to attract new customers.



1680

First Known Use of tease

1680


TEASE Defined for Kids

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tease

play
verb \ˈtēz\

Definition of tease for Students

teased

teasing

  1. 1 :  to make fun of <… some kids tease me about my name. — Paula Danziger, Amber Brown>

  2. 2 :  to annoy again and again <Stop teasing the dog.>

teaser

noun



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tease

play
noun

Definition of tease for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of making fun of or repeatedly bothering a person or animal

  2. 2 :  a person who makes fun of people usually in a friendly way




Medical Dictionary

tease

play
transitive verb \ˈtēz\

Medical Definition of tease

teased

;

teasing

  1. :  to tear in pieces; especially :  to shred (a tissue or specimen) for microscopic examination




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