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tease

noun (n)

  • someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity) (noun.person)
    Synonym: annoyer, teaser, vexer
    source: wordnet30
  • a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances (noun.act)
    Example:
    He ignored their teases.
    source: wordnet30
  • One who teases or plagues. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • annoy persistently (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: badger, beleaguer, bug, pester
    Example:
    The children teased the boy because of his stammer.
    source: wordnet30
  • harass with persistent criticism or carping (verb.communication)
    Example:
    The children teased the new teacher.
    source: wordnet30
  • to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them (verb.emotion)
    Example:
    The advertisement is intended to tease the customers.
    source: wordnet30
  • tear into pieces (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Tease tissue for microscopic examinations.
    source: wordnet30
  • raise the nap of (fabrics) (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • disentangle and raise the fibers of (verb.contact)
    Synonym: loosen, tease apart
    Example:
    Tease wool.
    source: wordnet30
  • separate the fibers of (verb.contact)
    Synonym: card
    Example:
    Tease wool.
    source: wordnet30
  • mock or make fun of playfully (verb.communication)
    Example:
    The flirting man teased the young woman.
    source: wordnet30
  • ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect (verb.body)
    Synonym: fluff
    source: wordnet30
  • To comb or card, as wool or flax. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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