(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): annoyer, teaser, vexer

Definition categories: person

2. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

Similar word(s): coquette, flirt, minx, prickteaser, vamp, vamper

Definition categories: person, woman

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

- he ignored their teases

Similar word(s): ribbing, tantalization, teasing

Definition categories: act, harassment, molestation


1. annoy persistently

- The children teased the boy because of his stammer

Similar word(s): badger, beleaguer, bug, pester

Definition categories: emotion, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment

2. harass with persistent criticism or carping

- The children teased the new teacher

Similar word(s): bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, twit

Definition categories: communication, bemock, mock

3. to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them

- The advertisement is intended to tease the customers

Definition categories: emotion, control, manipulate

4. tear into pieces

- tease tissue for microscopic examinations

Definition categories: contact, shred

5. raise the nap of (fabrics)

Definition categories: contact

6. disentangle and raise the fibers of

- tease out the curls

Similar word(s): loosen

Definition categories: contact, disentangle, unsnarl

7. separate the fibers of

- tease wool

Similar word(s): card

Definition categories: contact, separate

8. mock or make fun of playfully

- the flirting man teased the young woman

Definition categories: communication, blackguard, guy, rib, ridicule, roast

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

Similar word(s): fluff

Definition categories: body, comb, disentangle