(noun, adjective, verb)


1. playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)

Similar word(s): playful, mocking, quizzical

2. arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it

- her lazy teasing smile

Similar word(s): seductive

3. causing irritation or annoyance

- a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him

Similar word(s): disagreeable, annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguey, plaguy, vexatious, vexing


1. 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, tease

Definition categories: act, harassment, molestation

2. playful vexation

- the parody was just a form of teasing

Definition categories: act, caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp

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

Definition categories: act, comb, combing

Sentences with teasing as a noun:

- Teasing can be seen as a kind of workplace abuse.


1. present participle of tease