What is tease?

  • (verb): To arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them.
    Example: "The advertisement is intended to tease the customers"; "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"
    See also — Additional definitions below

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): Disentangle and raise the fibers of.
    Example: "Tease wool"
    Synonyms: tease apart, loosen
  • (noun): The act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances.
    Synonyms: teasing, ribbing
  • (verb): Separate the fibers of.
    Example: "Tease wool"
    Synonyms: card
  • (verb): Ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect.
    Synonyms: fluff
  • (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: he’s pitiful
    To flies even. “Sing,” says he, “and tease me still,
    If that’s your way, poor insect.”
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

    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 (1874–1963)

    It has been played once more. I think you exist only
    To tease me into doing it, on your level, and then you aren’t 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)