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Definitions of tease

  1. someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping 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" Webster Dictionary DB
  3. annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. ruffle by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect; of hair Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. offer and withdraw Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. raise the nap of (fabrics) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. separate the fibers of; "tease wool" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. To comb or card, as wool or flax. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. One who teases or plagues. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To comb or unravel, as wool or flax; to separate the fibers of; to roughen, as cloth, with a teasel; annoy; to persist in making petty requests of or to; to vex by good-natured ridicule. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Colloquially, one who annoys by petty requests. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To separate the structural parts of a tissue by means of a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopical examination. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  23. To comb or card, as wool: to scratch, as cloth: to raise a nap: to vex with importunity, jests, etc.: to torment, irritate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. To comb or card; to vex; plague. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To vex by petty annoyances; annoy; fret; harass; importune persistently. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. To comb or card, as wool. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. A teaser. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. The act of teasing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To comb or card, as wool or flax; to scratch, as cloth in dressing; to vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass; to annoy. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To comb or card, as flax or wool; to raise and dress the nap of cloth; to reduce to shreds or fragments. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. To annoy for the purpose of provocation; to vex by petty requests, or by impertinent importunities; to annoy; to plague; to irritate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. t[=e]z, v.t. to comb or card, as wool: to scratch, as cloth: to raise a nap: to vex with importunity, jests, &c.: to torment, irritate.--n. one who teases or torments.--n. TEAS'ER, one who teases out anything: the stoker of a glass-works furnace.--adj. TEAS'ING, vexatious.--adv. TEAS'INGLY. [A.S. t['æ]san, to pluck; Dut. teezen, Ger. zeisen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. To separate a tissue into fine shreds by tearing the structural elements apart with needles; a manipulation mush used in microscopy. na
  34. Assail playfully or maliciously, vex, with jests, questions, or petty annoyances, whence teasingly adv.; importune (person for thing, to do); pick into separate fibres, comb, card, (wool, flax, &c.); dress (cloth &c.) with teasels. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. (As n.) person given to teasing. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. To pull apart for microscopic examination. American pocket medical dictionary.
  37. To separate tissues by means of fine needles for examination with the microscope. Appleton's medical dictionary.

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