tease


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to tease: tease out

tease

 (tēz)
v. teased, teas·ing, teas·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To make fun of (someone) playfully or taunt annoyingly: was teased by my classmates for being skinny; teased him about driving such a fast car.
b. To say in a playful or mocking way: "But you're too young to get married," he teased.
c. To provoke or irritate, as with physical movements: teased the cat by dangling a string in its face.
d. To arouse sexual desire in (someone) deliberately with no intention of having sex.
e. To urge persistently; coax: teased their mother to let them stay up late.
2.
a. To disentangle and dress the fibers of (wool, for example).
b. To ruffle (the hair) by combing from the ends toward the scalp for an airy, full effect.
c. To raise the nap of (cloth) by dressing, as with a fuller's teasel.
d. To cut (tissue, for example) into pieces for examination.
e. To extract, identify, or cause to come about. Used with out: The director teased a good performance out of the actors. The researcher teased out the factors involved in the disease.
v.intr.
To annoy or make fun of someone persistently: I was just teasing.
n.
1. An act of teasing, especially a playfully mocking remark: his tease of his friend's little sister.
2. One that teases, as:
a. A person who makes fun of or annoys others, as with playful or taunting remarks.
b. A flirtatious person.

[Middle English tesen, to comb apart, from Old English tǣsan.]

teas′ing·ly adv.

tease

(tiːz)
vb
1. to annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer
2. to arouse sexual desire in (someone) with no intention of satisfying it
3. to vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp by ridicule
4. (Textiles) (tr) to separate the fibres of; comb; card
5. (Textiles) (tr) to raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel
6. (Hairdressing & Grooming) Also: backcomb US and Canadian to comb the under layers of (the hair) towards the roots to give more bulk to a hairstyle
7. (Biology) (tr) to loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument
n
8. a person or thing that teases
9. the act of teasing
[Old English tǣsan; related to Old High German zeisan to pick]
ˈteasing adj
ˈteasingly adv

tease

(tiz)

v. teased, teas•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to irritate or provoke with petty taunts, playful mockery, pretended offers, persistent requests, or other annoyances, often in sport.
2. to comb or card (wool or the like); shred.
3. to ruffle (the hair) by holding at the ends and combing toward the scalp so as to give body to a hairdo.
4. teasel.
v.i.
5. to tease a person or animal.
n.
6. a person who teases.
7. the act of teasing or the state of being teased.
8. Also, teaser. a short scene or highlight shown at the beginning of a film or television show to engage the audience's attention.
[before 1000; Middle English tesen (v.), Old English tǣsan to pull, tear, comb, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German tēzen, Old High German zeisan to pluck]
teas′a•ble, adj.
teas′a•ble•ness, n.
teas′ing•ly, adv.

tease


Past participle: teased
Gerund: teasing

Imperative
tease
tease
Present
I tease
you tease
he/she/it teases
we tease
you tease
they tease
Preterite
I teased
you teased
he/she/it teased
we teased
you teased
they teased
Present Continuous
I am teasing
you are teasing
he/she/it is teasing
we are teasing
you are teasing
they are teasing
Present Perfect
I have teased
you have teased
he/she/it has teased
we have teased
you have teased
they have teased
Past Continuous
I was teasing
you were teasing
he/she/it was teasing
we were teasing
you were teasing
they were teasing
Past Perfect
I had teased
you had teased
he/she/it had teased
we had teased
you had teased
they had teased
Future
I will tease
you will tease
he/she/it will tease
we will tease
you will tease
they will tease
Future Perfect
I will have teased
you will have teased
he/she/it will have teased
we will have teased
you will have teased
they will have teased
Future Continuous
I will be teasing
you will be teasing
he/she/it will be teasing
we will be teasing
you will be teasing
they will be teasing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been teasing
you have been teasing
he/she/it has been teasing
we have been teasing
you have been teasing
they have been teasing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been teasing
you will have been teasing
he/she/it will have been teasing
we will have been teasing
you will have been teasing
they will have been teasing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been teasing
you had been teasing
he/she/it had been teasing
we had been teasing
you had been teasing
they had been teasing
Conditional
I would tease
you would tease
he/she/it would tease
we would tease
you would tease
they would tease
Past Conditional
I would have teased
you would have teased
he/she/it would have teased
we would have teased
you would have teased
they would have teased
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tease - someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)tease - someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
2.tease - a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit mentease - a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
3.tease - the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule)tease - 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"
harassment, molestation - the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
Verb1.tease - annoy persistentlytease - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
2.tease - harass with persistent criticism or carpingtease - 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"
bemock, mock - treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
jeer, scoff, flout, gibe, barrack - laugh at with contempt and derision; "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid - be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
3.tease - 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"
keep in line, control, manipulate - control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage; "She manipulates her boss"; "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"; "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"; "she keeps in line"
4.tease - tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
rip up, shred, tear up - tear into shreds
5.tease - raise the nap of (fabrics)
change surface - undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
6.tease - disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
unsnarl, disentangle, straighten out - extricate from entanglement; "Can you disentangle the cord?"
7.tease - separate the fibers of; "tease wool"
separate - divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff"
8.tease - mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, ridicule, roast, rib - subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
9.tease - ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
comb out, comb, disentangle - smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb; "comb your hair before dinner"; "comb the wool"

tease

verb
1. mock, bait, wind up (Brit. slang), worry, bother, provoke, annoy, needle (informal), plague (informal), rag, rib (informal), torment, ridicule, taunt, aggravate (informal), badger, pester, vex, goad, bedevil, take the mickey out of (informal), twit, take the piss out of (taboo slang), chaff, guy (informal), gibe, pull someone's leg (informal), make fun of He teased me mercilessly about going there.
2. tantalize, lead on, flirt with, titillate When did you last flirt with him or tease him?

tease

verb
1. To disturb by repeated attacks:
2. To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach:
Translations
مُضايِق، مُعَذِّبيَسْخَرُيُضايِق بالمُزاحيُضايِق، يُنَكِّد
škádlitdrážditposměváčekškádlil
drilledrillepind
houkutellakiusatastrippariviekoitellavietellä
zadirkivati
stríîastríînispúki
からかうちょっかいを出す誘う
(사람, 짐승을) (...의 일로)놀리다
erzintojasmėgėjas erzintišaipūnas
kaitinātķircinātķircinātājssmējējs
prekárať
zbadati
reta
หยอกล้อ
trêu chọc

tease

[tiːz]
A. N
1. (= person, leg-puller) → bromista mf, guasón/ona m/f
he's a dreadful teasees muy bromista, es muy guasón
2. (= flirt) he's a dreadful teasele gusta mucho flirtear
3. (= joke) to do sth for a teasehacer algo para divertirse
B. VT
1. [+ person] (= make fun of) → tomar el pelo a, mofarse de; (= annoy) → fastidiar, molestar; (cruelly) → atormentar; (sexually) → coquetear con
they tease her about her hairla molestan con chistes acerca de su pelo
I don't like being teasedno me gusta que se me tome el pelo
2. [+ animal] → provocar
3. (Tech) [+ fibres] → cardar
tease out VT + ADV [+ tangles] → desenredar, separar (fig) [+ information] → sonsacar, ir sacando

tease

[ˈtiːz]
n
(= joker) → taquin(e) m/f
(= flirtatious woman) → allumeuse f
vt
[+ person] → taquiner
He's teasing you → Il te taquine.
to tease sb about sth → taquiner qn sur qch
[+ animal] → tourmenter
Stop teasing that poor animal! → Arrête de tourmenter cette pauvre bête!
viplaisanter
I was only teasing → Je plaisantais.tea service nservice m à thétea set nservice m à thétea shop teashop [ˈtiːʃɒp] n (British)salon m de thé

tease

vt
personnecken; animalreizen; (= torment)quälen; (= make fun of: because of stutter etc) → aufziehen, hänseln (about wegen); (= pull leg, have on)auf den Arm nehmen (inf), → veralbern (inf)
(= raise nap on) clothkämmen
(= backcomb) hairtoupieren
(= ease gently) he teased the red into the pocket/the rope through the cracker manipulierte die rote Kugel ins Loch/schob das Seil geschickt durch den Spalt
vi
give it back to her, don’t teasegib es ihr zurück und neck sie nicht
(= joke)Spaß machen
n (inf: = person) → Scherzbold m (inf); don’t be a tease, give it back to herneck sie nicht, gibs ihr zurück; he’s a real teaseihm sitzt der Schalk im Nacken (hum), → er ist ein kleiner Schäker (inf); she’s/he’s just a tease (sexually) → sie/er geilt einen nur auf (inf)

tease

[tiːz]
1. n (person) → burlone/a
2. vt (playfully) → stuzzicare; (make fun of) → prendere in giro, canzonare; (cruelly) → tormentare
tease out vt + adv
a. (tangle, knots) → sbrogliare
to tease the tangles or knots out of one's hair → sbogliarsi i capelli
b. to tease information out of sbcavare delle informazioni a qn

tease

(tiːz) verb
1. to annoy or irritate on purpose. He's teasing the cat.
2. to annoy or laugh at (a person) playfully. His school-friends tease him about his size.
noun
a person who enjoys teasing others. He's a tease!
ˈteaser noun
1. a puzzle or difficult problem. This question is rather a teaser.
2. a person who teases.
ˈteasingly adverb
in a teasing manner.

tease

يَسْخَرُ škádlit drille necken περιπαίζω tomar el pelo kiusata taquiner zadirkivati prendere in giro からかう (사람, 짐승을) (...의 일로)놀리다 plagen erte dokuczyć importunar, provocar дразнить reta หยอกล้อ kızdırmak trêu chọc 戏弄

tease

v. rasgar, separar un tejido o espécimen con agujas para examinarlo bajo el microscopio.

tease

vt (ped) molestar, fastidiar
References in classic literature ?
Meg colored, but a mischievous fancy to tease the girls made her reply demurely, "You are very kind, but I'm afraid he won't come.
One morning the two big bulls, Gladstone and Brigham Young, thought spring had come, and they began to tease and butt at each other across the barbed wire that separated them.
Do not tease me; else I shall put thee into the dark closet
But she is naturally a more irritable constitution than the black horse; flies tease her more; anything wrong in the harness frets her more; and if she were ill-used or unfairly treated she would not be unlikely to give tit for tat.
I told her not to fear; I'll see to it, and I'll tease father's life out, if he don't do it.
I smiled as I unfolded it, and devised how I would tease you about your aristocratic tastes, and your efforts to masque your plebeian bride in the attributes of a peeress.
He'd be capable of coming to seek me, to tease Edgar.
For a moment Basil looked angry, and then he began to tease.
We won't be confidential, and we'll make ourselves as happy as we can in spite of her, and we'll tease her, and not please her - won't we, Jip?
She made use of me to tease other admirers, and she turned the very familiarity between herself and me, to the account of putting a constant slight on my devotion to her.
I slipped the book, in distracted search for which he was evidently still engaged, under the ferns, and, leisurely lighting a pipe, prepared to tease him.
When they had gone the poor Simpleton began to tease his mother to smarten him up and let him start off.