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tease

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of tease

  1. 1 a person who causes repeated emotional pain, distress, or annoyance to another <she can be a very cruel tease when she happens upon an unpopular girl who is easily hurt> Synonyms baiter, harasser, heckler, mocker, needler, persecutor, quiz, quizzer, ridiculer, taunter, tormentor, teaser, torturerRelated Words belittler, derider, detractor, giber (or jiber), insulter, jeerer, scoffer, scorner; trash-talker; smart aleck (also smart alec), smarty (or smartie), smarty-pants, wiseacre, wiseguy; kidder, lampooner, satirist; accuser, blamer, troublemaker; assailant, attacker, molester, victimizer; bother, disturber, pestNear Antonyms defender, deliverer, guard, protector, rescuer, savior (or saviour); comforter, consoler, solace, soother, succorer; bodyguard, champion

  2. 2 one who is obnoxiously annoying <my youngest brother is a complete tease, following me around everywhere and aping my every move> Synonyms annoyance, annoyer, bother, gadfly, gnawer, nudnik (also nudnick), pain, persecutor, pest, nuisance, teaserRelated Words headache; harrier, heckler, interrupter (also interruptor); hassle, plague; harasser, molester, tormentor (also tormenter), torturerNear Antonyms charmer, smoothy (or smoothie); comforter, solacer, soother




tease

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of tease

  1. 1 to make fun of in a good-natured way <likes to tease her twin brother about his seemingly endless string of girlfriends> Synonyms chaff, jive, joke, josh, kid, rally, razz, rib, ride, roast Related Words banter; fool, fun, string along; jest, quip, wisecrack; gag, jape, jolly, yuk (or yuck) [slang] Phrases goof on [slang], take the mickey out of [British]

  2. 2 to attack repeatedly with mean put-downs or insults <grew up being teased because his parents were hog farmers> Synonyms bait, hassle, haze, heckle, needle, ride, taunt Related Words deride, gibe (or jibe), jeer, mock, ridicule; annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, fret, frost, gall, get, gnaw (at), grate, gripe, hack (off), hagride, irk, irritate, itch, nag, nark [British], nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, trouble, vex; aggravate, exasperate, goad, test, try; aggrieve, agitate, bedevil, beleaguer, discomfort, disturb, perturb; badger, dog, hound; browbeat, bully, hector; harass, harry, persecute, plague, terrorize, torment, torture Phrases make game of, pick on




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