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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 of tease baiter, harasser, heckler, mocker, needler, persecutor, quiz, quizzer, ridiculer, taunter, tormentor, teaser, torturerWords Related to tease 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 of tease 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 of tease annoyance, annoyer, bother, gadfly, gnawer, nudnik (also nudnick), pain, persecutor, pest, nuisance, teaserWords Related to tease headache; harrier, heckler, interrupter (also interruptor); hassle, plague; harasser, molester, tormentor (also tormenter), torturerNear Antonyms of tease 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 of tease chaff, jive, joke, josh, kid, rally, razz, rib, ride, roast Words Related to tease 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 of tease bait, hassle, haze, heckle, needle, ride, taunt Words Related to tease 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

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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