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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


Entailbrush

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.


Synonymscard


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


Synonymsfluff


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)comb, comb out, disentangle









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