tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath.
children teased the dog
Examples of tease in a Sentence
He and his wife enjoy teasing each other about their different tastes in music.
The other children teased her because she was wearing braces.
He was always teased by his brother about being short.
Oh, don't get so angry. I was just teasing!
The boy's mother told him to stop teasing the dog. Noun
a pretty girl who has the reputation of being a bit of a tease
The lower rate is just a tease to attract new customers. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Every time the cast gets together, fans speculate about the possibility of a reboot — something several of the actors have teased in the past.—Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 What’s teased is the budding relationship between Benny and his cousin (Charley Hogan), nicknamed Frybread Face, who shows him the ropes and joins him on (mis)adventures.—Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 The video teased highlights from interviews with the members.—Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 Fans were quick to jokingly call out the Eagles for invoking Swift in order to more personally tease Travis’ team of reigning Super Bowl champions.—Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 Kat the Label alternates mesh and lace to create a barely-there look that teases the imagination, while Cami NYC uses sheer paneling as a form of structure.—Gaby Keiderling, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2023 On iPhones, this changes the color of the bubbles on my side of the conversation from blue to green, which gives my friends something to tease me about.—WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 And about the other kids who have started to tease him about it all.—Eli Hager, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2023 To be sure that movie had a clear advantage in that it was teased in the post-credit scene of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, while its titular star was a player in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame (it was released between the two Marvel mega-blockbusters).—Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023
The studio launched a trailer tease the day before the official clip’s drop, and that earned 25 million views in 24 hours.—Zack Sharf, Variety, 9 Nov. 2023 As the trailer teases, Woody remains on a mission to find Bonnie and return Forky to the others — but his resolve is tested.—Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2023 The momentous Monday morning when Phoebe Philo opens her online shop has finally arrived‚ after surely the longest tease in fashion history.—Sarah Mower, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2023 Below, during a spoiler conversation with THR, Martin revisits key moments from the first four episodes of Loki season two and teases that the best is yet to come.—Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Oct. 2023 The tease also seemed to preview what looked like a music video, with a shot in which Meg bared her vamp fangs again, as well as an image of a bowl of fruit and other totems on an altar.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 24 Oct. 2023 The title, from Picard’s signature command, is a nod to the starship captain’s primacy in his life, and also perhaps a tease, a hint that herein lie the secrets to the creation of that galactic sense of empathy.—WIRED, 3 Oct. 2023 However, even after his confirmation, the pair have been coy about keeping their relationship private, merely sharing teases of it online.—Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2023 In a tease earlier this week, the band explained that the project was the realization of a dream to connect with some of the other artists who’ve inspired them.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan; akin to Old High German zeisan to tease
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a