1. [ noun ] the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
Synonyms: ribbing tease

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

Related terms: harassment ridicule tease
2. [ adjective ] causing irritation or annoyance
Synonyms: pestering nettlesome irritating annoying galling plaguy plaguey pestiferous vexing vexatious pesky bothersome

"tapping an annoying rhythm" "a particularly bothersome noise" "found it galling to have to ask permission" "an irritating delay" "nettlesome paperwork" "a pesky mosquito" "swarms of pestering gnats"

Related terms: disagreeable
3. [ noun ] playful vexation

"the parody was just a form of teasing"

Related terms: play
4. [ adjective ] (sexuality) arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it

"her lazy teasing smile"

Related terms: seductive
5. [ adjective ] playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
Synonyms: quizzical mocking

"his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell

Related terms: playful
6. [ noun ] the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
Synonyms: comb-out
Related terms: comb tease
Similar spelling:   teasingly