More definitions of "tease":
- (verb): Raise the nap of (fabrics).
- (noun): Someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity).
Synonyms: teaser, annoyer, vexer
- (verb): Tear into pieces.
Example: "Tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
- (verb): Harass with persistent criticism or carping.
Synonyms: razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride
- (noun): The act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances.
Synonyms: teasing, ribbing
- (noun): A seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men.
Synonyms: coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, prickteaser
- (verb): Separate the fibers of.
Example: "Tease wool"
- (verb): Ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect.
- (verb): Mock or make fun of playfully.
Example: "The flirting man teased the young woman"
Famous quotes containing the word tease:
“Hurt a fly!
He would not for the world: hes pitiful
To flies even. Sing, says he, and tease me still,
If thats your way, poor insect.”
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning (18061861)
“We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone really find us out.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)
“It has been played once more. I think you exist only
To tease me into doing it, on your level, and then you arent there
Or have adopted a different attitude. And the poem
Has set me softly down beside you. The poem is you.”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)