teas·​er | \ˈtē-zər \

Definition of teaser 

1 : one that teases

2 : an advertising or promotional device intended to arouse interest or curiosity especially in something to follow

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Examples of teaser in a Sentence

A teaser for the sequel appeared at the end of the movie. credit cards offering teaser rates to get people to sign up

Recent Examples on the Web

In a teaser video released on Thusday, behind-the-scenes footage showed a bevy of early 2000s references, including Legally Blonde, Bring It On, Mean Girls, and 13 Going on 30. Vogue, "Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Music Video Is Shameless Millennial Pandering and We Couldn’t Be More Grateful for It," 30 Nov. 2018 In the teaser video, posted on TLC's Twitter account Monday, Theresa and Larry sit down to discuss their separation. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo Admits to Larry Their Marriage 'Wasn't Working' in New Video," 1 Oct. 2018 Check out the teaser for it below: The short film will premiere on September 28 and will also be available on the DisneyNow app and VOD. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" and Their Characters," 20 Aug. 2018 Check out the teaser for yourself, below: Transformed? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The First Look at Lindsay Lohan's New Reality Show Is Here, and I Have Questions," 30 July 2018 Check out a teaser for the Sister Love collection below. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Mary J. Blige Launches 'Sister Love' Jewelry Collaboration," 10 July 2018 This teaser video opens like the latest Ken Block Gymkhana, replete with ignition and speedo shots, as well as that mean sounding exhaust. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "This Mean Mower Might Top 150 Mph," 6 July 2018 New Era will be unveiling the caps that each team's draft picks will wear on Thursday, and the company put out a teaser video Tuesday. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "No, the cap that Chiefs' draft picks will wear doesn't have a grammatical error | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 Check out the teaser video for the subscription service below. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amazon Is Premiering a "Try Before You Buy" Service with Prime Wardrobe," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of teaser

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of teaser

What It Is

A teaser is a document that advertises the potential future sale of a security.

How It Works

The teaser's job is to create demand for a security. Because it is not a prospectus, it does not usually have all the details about the offering; rather, it highlights the most positive aspects of the offering and entices readers to subscribe to the offering later.

To get an idea of the role of the teaser, let’s assume Company XYZ is pursuing an IPO. Before launching the IPO, Company XYZ must see if big institutional investors (or anybody else) want to buy the stock. They create a teaser document, which the investment bank provides to interested parties. Unlike a prospectus, which contains exhaustive detail about the offering, the prospectus is more of an advertising and promotional vehicle.

When the final prospectus is released, the investment bank can take orders from those clients who indicated an interest back when they saw the teaser.

Why It Matters

The role of the teaser is to make investors aware of the investment rather than the risks of the investment. At that stage, investors would essentially consider the investment "sight unseen." Only after the company issues a prospectus is it protected from claims that it did not fully disclose enough information about itself or the securities in question.

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English Language Learners Definition of teaser

: a person who teases other people

: something that is done, offered, or shown to make people want something or want to see something that will be offered or shown at a later time

: a difficult problem or puzzle

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