1. [ verb ] annoy persistently
Synonyms: badger pester harass bug beleaguer

"The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

Related terms: torment pest
2. [ verb ] harass with persistent criticism or carping
Synonyms: taunt tantalize bait ride razz tantalise cod rally twit rag

"The children teased the new teacher" "Don't ride me so hard over my failure" "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

Related terms: mock jeer kid twitting Tantalus tantaliser boo
3. [ noun ] someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
Synonyms: annoyer tantalizer vexer teaser
Related terms: tormentor unwelcome_person annoy
4. [ verb ] ruffle by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect; of hair
Synonyms: fluff
Related terms: comb comb-out
5. [ verb ] to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them

"The advertisement is intended to tease the customers" "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"

Related terms: manipulate disappoint arouse
6. [ noun ] (sexuality) a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
Synonyms: coquette vamper vamp minx prickteaser flirt
Related terms: woman chat_up vamp
7. [ verb ] raise the nap of (fabrics)
Related terms: change_surface brush
8. [ verb ] tear into pieces

"tease tissue for microscopic examinations"

Related terms: shred
9. [ verb ] mock or make fun of playfully

"the flirting man teased the young woman"

Related terms: ridicule coquette
10. [ verb ] disentangle and raise the fibers of
Synonyms: loosen tease_apart

"tease wool"

Related terms: disentangle teaser
11. [ verb ] separate the fibers of
Synonyms: card
Related terms: separate
12. [ noun ] the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
Synonyms: teasing ribbing

"he ignored their teases" "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"

Related terms: harassment ridicule
Similar spelling:   Teas