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English noun: tease

1. tease (person) someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)

Synonymsannoyer, teaser, vexer

Broader (hypernym)persona non grata, unwelcome person

2. tease (person) a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

Synonymscoquette, flirt, minx, prickteaser, vamp, vamper

Broader (hypernym)adult female, woman

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

SamplesHe ignored their teases.
His ribbing was gentle but persistent.

Synonymsribbing, tantalization, teasing

Broader (hypernym)harassment, molestation

English verb: tease

1. tease (emotion) annoy persistently

SamplesThe children teased the boy because of his stammer.

ExamplesSam cannot tease Sue

Synonymsbadger, beleaguer, bug, pester

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment

2. tease (communication) harass with persistent criticism or carping

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsbait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, twit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bemock, mock

Narrower (hyponym)banter, barrack, chaff, flout, gibe, jeer, jolly, josh, kid, scoff

3. tease (emotion) to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them

SamplesThe advertisement is intended to tease the customers.
She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)control, keep in line, manipulate

Entailarouse, disappoint, excite, let down, sex, turn on, wind up

4. tease (contact) tear into pieces

SamplesTease tissue for microscopic examinations.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rip up, shred, tear up

5. tease (contact) raise the nap of (fabrics)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change surface


6. tease (contact) disentangle and raise the fibers of

SamplesTease wool.

Synonymsloosen, tease apart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl

7. tease (contact) separate the fibers of

SamplesTease wool.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)separate

8. tease (communication) mock or make fun of playfully

SamplesThe flirting man teased the young woman.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast

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

ExamplesThey tease their hair


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comb, comb out, disentangle

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