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English adjective: teasing

1. teasing playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)

SamplesHis face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air.

Synonymsmocking, quizzical


Antonymsunplayful, sober, serious

2. teasing arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it

SamplesHer lazy teasing smile.



3. teasing causing irritation or annoyance

SamplesTapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork.
Aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport.
Found it galling to have to ask permission.
An irritating delay.
Nettlesome paperwork.
A pesky mosquito.
Swarms of pestering gnats.
A plaguey newfangled safety catch.
A teasing and persistent thought annoyed him.
A vexatious child.
It is vexing to have to admit you are wrong.

Synonymsannoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguey, plaguy, vexatious, vexing



English noun: teasing

1. teasing (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, tease

Broader (hypernym)harassment, molestation

2. teasing (act) playful vexation

SamplesThe parody was just a form of teasing.

Broader (hypernym)caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp

3. teasing (act) the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb


Broader (hypernym)comb, combing

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