What does tease mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tease, teaser, annoyer, vexernoun

    someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)

  2. coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, tease, prickteasernoun

    a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

  3. tease, teasing, ribbing, tantalizationverb

    the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances

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

  4. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguerverb

    annoy persistently

    "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

  5. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, rideverb

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

    "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"

  6. teaseverb

    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"

  7. teaseverb

    tear into pieces

    "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"

  8. teaseverb

    raise the nap of (fabrics)

  9. tease, tease apart, loosenverb

    disentangle and raise the fibers of

    "tease wool"

  10. tease, cardverb

    separate the fibers of

    "tease wool"

  11. teaseverb

    mock or make fun of playfully

    "the flirting man teased the young woman"

  12. tease, fluffverb

    ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect


  1. teasenoun

    One who teases.

  2. teasenoun

    A single act of teasing.

  3. teasenoun

    A cock tease; an exotic dancer; a stripper.

  4. teaseverb

    To separate the fibres of a fibrous material

  5. teaseverb

    To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction

  6. teaseverb

    To back-comb

  7. teaseverb

    To poke fun at.

  8. teaseverb

    To provoke or disturb by annoying remarks and other annoyances.

  9. teaseverb

    To entice, to tempt.

  10. Etymology: From tesen, from tæsan, from taisijanan, from dāy-. Cognate with tezen, tæse. Related to touse, tose.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To TEASEverb

    Etymology: tæsan , Saxon.

    Not by the force of carnal reason,
    But indefatigable teasing. Samuel Butler.

    My friends always tease me about him, because he has no estate. Spectator, №. 475.

    After having been present in publick debates, he was teased by his mother to inform her of what had passed. Addison.

    We system-makers can sustain
    The thesis, which you grant was plain;
    And with remarks and comments tease ye,
    In case the thing before was easy. Matthew Prior.


  1. tease

    Tease refers to the act of making fun of or attempting to provoke a person, animal, or group in a playful, mock-annoying, or contemptuous manner. It can also refer to the act of temptingly presenting something to someone's notice or use variety and manipulation to stimulate interest or desire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Teaseverb

    to comb or card, as wool or flax

  2. Teaseverb

    to stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel

  3. Teaseverb

    to tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments

  4. Teaseverb

    to vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague

  5. Teasenoun

    one who teases or plagues


  1. Tease

    Actress Lisa Rinna is the host of Oxygen Network's Tease, airing since 2007. Known to television audiences from her starring roles on Dancing with the Stars, Soap Talk, Melrose Place and Days of our Lives, Emmy-nominated Rinna is also recognizable for her signature layered hairstyle. Each Tease episode features two up-and-coming hair stylists as they face-off in an exciting Olympics-style tournament. The aspiring stylists put their skills to the tress test in front of a panel of expert judges: hairstylist Peter Ishkhans, model Roshumba Williams and agent Frank Moore. The aspiring stylists compete for a chance at the supreme challenge – a one-on-one battle with one of three high-profile master stylists, Clyde Haygood, Stephanie Hobgood and Kim Vo. Should the aspiring stylist surpass the expertise of a hair pro, his or her photo is hung on the Tease hair wall of fame and he or she receives the “silver scissors”, the crowning symbol of a styling victory. Each episode includes a themed timed challenge designed to push the stylists’ skills to the limit. The challenges in the 2007 season include: Ep#1 Celeb Look-alike Ep#2 Long to Short Ep#3 Blondes Have More Fun Ep#4 Identical Twins Ep#5 Rock n' Roll Hair Ep#6 Avant Garde

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tease

    tēz, v.t. to comb or card, as wool: to scratch, as cloth: to raise a nap: to vex with importunity, jests, &c.: to torment, irritate.—n. one who teases or torments.—n. Teas′er, one who teases out anything: the stoker of a glass-works furnace.—adj. Teas′ing, vexatious.—adv. Teas′ingly. [A.S. tǽsan, to pluck; Dut. teezen, Ger. zeisen.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TEASE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tease is ranked #64054 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tease surname appeared 311 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tease.

    72.3% or 225 total occurrences were White.
    20.9% or 65 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tease in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of tease in a Sentence

  1. AiR:

    I was living in pleasure... Till I stumbled upon some peace. And then my Master questioned... And a little did he tease: Are you just living to die? Or will you go on a quest to find out ‘Who am I?’

  2. Brooke Cucinella:

    We all tease him about his multiple appearances on TV and his celebrity status, but I think this is sort of a return to the core of what he's done for most of his career.

  3. Christian Yates:

    What we've been able to tease out from the mathematical model is it's not necessarily that these cells are migrating in a directed way, actually these cells are diffusing, there's no direction to their migration. It's like when you put a drop of milk into a cup of coffee that you haven't stirred. Eventually that milk will be spread evenly throughout your coffee, and these cells are doing the same sort of thing - they're moving in an undirected manner and eventually, slowly, they manage to fully colonize the skin of this animal.

  4. Bryer Schmegelsky:

    Bryer Schmegelsky was Bryer Schmegelsky. I never get to hug Bryer Schmegelsky again. I never get to tease Bryer Schmegelsky again. I never get to spend a minute with Bryer Schmegelsky again, a lot of parents know how I feel right now.

  5. De La Hoya:

    I am actually very, very serious, and I strongly feel that if a Kanye West can do it and announce and maybe tease the world that Canelo Alvarez would maybe one day wan na run for president, why not me ? .

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  • يغيظArabic
  • pentinarCatalan, Valencian
  • škádlit, vtipálekCzech
  • drille, drillepindDanish
  • necken, aufziehen, reizen, verführen, auf den Arm nehmen, verarschen, hänseln, provozieren, hecheln, kämmenGerman
  • burlarse, tentar, embromar, peinar, cardar, incitar, molestar, tomar el pelo, alborotar, provocarSpanish
  • کسی را دست انداختنPersian
  • kiusoitella, kiusata, vietellä, houkutella, viekoitella, ärsyttää, härnätäFinnish
  • taquinerFrench
  • tarraing àScottish Gaelic
  • चिढ़ानाHindi
  • ugrat, bosszantHungarian
  • menggodaIndonesian
  • sedurre, tentare, stuzzicare, burlarsi, provocare, pettinare, cardareItalian
  • לְהַקְנִיטHebrew
  • ちょっかいを出す, 誘う, からかうJapanese
  • ಕೀಟಲೆ ಮಾಡುKannada
  • 찍접거리다, 놀리다Korean
  • VEXOLatin
  • прима́мува, закача, за́кача, за́дева, задеваMacedonian
  • കളിയാക്കുകMalayalam
  • plagenDutch
  • plageNorwegian
  • droczyć sięPolish
  • zombar, cardar, provocar, tirar sarro, seduzir, irritar, pentear, provocação, caçoar, tentarPortuguese
  • şicanaRomanian
  • мани́ть, начёсывать, поддра́знивать, провоци́ровать, зама́нивать, дразнить, надоеда́ть, дразни́ть, чеса́тьRussian
  • provocirati, izazivati, zadirkivatiSerbo-Croatian
  • kamma, karda, retaSwedish
  • கேலிTamil
  • బాధించటంTelugu
  • แซวThai
  • kızdırmakTurkish
  • چڑھاوUrdu
  • trêu chọcVietnamese
  • טיזYiddish
  • Chinese

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    the act of catching an object with the hands
    • A. flair
    • B. scholastic
    • C. snap
    • D. sheath

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