- 1Make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way: I used to tease her about being so house-proud [no object]: she was just teasing (as adjective teasing) teasing commentsMore example sentences
make fun of, poke fun at, chaff, make jokes about, rag, mock, laugh at, guy, satirize, be sarcastic about; deride, ridicule, scoff at, jeer at, jibe at; taunt, bait, goad, pick on• informal take the mickey out of, send up, rib, josh, wind up, have on, pull someone's leg, make a monkey ofBritish • vulgar slang take the piss out ofBritish • informal , • dated rot• archaic quiz, smoke, flout at, rally
- Michael laughed slightly, teasing the dog by tapping him on the side of his head, and then pulling his hand away before the dog could playfully bite him.
- I know it's silly but I've grown used to my quiet little life, pottering about the house and garden, teasing the cats and tending the plants.
- A visit to the city zoo was not considered complete unless one teased a monkey and made it snarl or got it to throw back the banana or nuts thrown at it.
- 1.1Tempt (someone) sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused: she had thrown herself at him and teased himMore example sentences
- Those behind the service claim it will let mobile users ‘flirt, tantalise and tease other mobile users by anonymous text messages’.
- When she woke up I kissed and teased her.
- Again, she kissed him, to tease him into state of fiery desire.
- 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Gently pull or comb (tangled wool, hair, etc.) into separate strands: she was teasing out the curls into her usual hairstyleMore example sentences
- Chris teased the last few tangles out of his hair.
- His gray-green eyes sparkled with laughter and mirth, as he slung an arm around Jess, his hand teasing her hair affectionately.
- But, however one teases out the strands, the rug remains resolutely tangled.
- 2.1 (tease something out) Find something out from a mass of irrelevant information: a historian who tries to tease out the truthMore example sentences
- In this article we have tried to tease the meaning out of just a few of the sounds that have either been ignored or dismissed as relatively unimportant.
- ‘Collection’ is full of contradictions, though themes can be teased out.
- These metaphors can be teased out in many different settings, and they talk about race in terms that are internally consistent.
- 2.2chiefly North American Backcomb (hair) in order to make it appear fuller: her hair is teased into spikes (as adjective teased) her teased bottle-blonde hairMore example sentences
- I replied, undoing my ponytail and teasing my hair to make it look a bit better.
- Her short blonde hair was teased into a bouffant style, but her eyes were hidden by an elegant scarlet mask.
- Her hair was teased in a messy bun on the top of her head.
- 2.3 • archaic Comb (the surface of woven cloth) to raise a nap.More example sentences
- A fuller of cloth is one who prepares cloth, teasing and thickening it.
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- 1 • informal A person who makes fun of someone playfully or unkindly: some think of him as a tease who likes to keep others guessingMore example sentences
- Being an awful tease, I posted something there recently under the heading ‘The neocons were right!’
- He's a bit of a tease, too, notes another nurse nearby.
- Spring Break girls were a tease for the guys and an obvious embarrassment for the parents and grandparents, but it was certainly not a boom for any of the girls.
- 1.1A person who tempts someone sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused: she was a tease—she would lead a man on, then turn coldMore example sentences
- You ask a lot of him in this role - drag, love scenes with men - and he's presented as a sex object and a tease for other men.
- This woman is obviously a flirt and a tease who is looking to get into trouble.
- No one wants to be labeled immediately as the cad, the slut, or the tease; no one wants to be taken advantage of or be seen as an opportunist.
- 2 [in singular] An act of teasing someone: she couldn’t resist a gentle teaseMore example sentences
- If you are not offended by Iowa's pink locker room, it may be because you recognize a joke, a tease, and a riff.
- My pa, watching from the terrace above, had this gentle tease: With all your shots, those nets are going to need repairing.
- It started out as a joke, a tease, but then one by one, each of us succumbed to the spirit of V-day and quite pathetically, whined about wanting a boyfriend.
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- Motifs wander teasingly in and out of earshot, songs accelerate, reverse, jump off cliffs, collapse in on themselves.
- He would refer to it teasingly or with innuendo until the 1970s.
- The translation is often used teasingly among Chinese English speakers.