tease synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term tease:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tease, teaser, annoyer, vexer(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    ribbing, vexer, mystifier, teasing, prickteaser, flirt, tease, tormentor, puzzle, coquette, annoyer, minx, vamp, puzzler, vamper, teaser, tantalization, tormenter

  2. coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, tease, prickteaser(noun)

    a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

    Synonyms:
    ribbing, vexer, prickteaser, flirt, tease, teasing, coquette, flirtation, annoyer, minx, coquetry, vamp, vamper, teaser, tantalization, flirting, toying, dalliance

  3. tease, teasing, ribbing, tantalization(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    teaser, minx, vamper, teasing, tease, vamp, comb-out, tantalization, prickteaser, flirt, vexer, coquette, ribbing, annoyer

  4. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer(verb)

    annoy persistently

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, surround, tease, fluff, loosen, tap, wiretap, circumvent, bug, twit, tease apart, intercept, cod, tantalize, tantalise, besiege, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, hem in, pester, rally

  5. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride(verb)

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

    Synonyms:
    sit, depend on, get at, reproof, mobilise, chide, bait, rile, dun, cod, razz, crucify, bedevil, reprimand, lambaste, mobilize, devil, drive, badger, get to, tantalise, frustrate, annoy, chew out, beat up, gull, trounce, tease, taunt, fool, berate, chew up, rebound, lecture, drum up, nark, rag, depend upon, card, torment, ride, tease apart, dress down, irritate, tantalize, rally, befool, turn on, come up, remonstrate, hinge on, mount, pester, call up, take in, jaw, rebuke, nettle, fluff, vex, beleaguer, lambast, dupe, put on, bother, gravel, take to task, muster up, devolve on, summon, bawl out, slang, muster, call on the carpet, twit, put one across, loosen, have words, put one over, chafe, scold, call down, hinge upon, bug

  6. tease(verb)

    to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, fluff, loosen, bug, twit, tease apart, cod, tantalize, tantalise, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, pester, rally

  7. tease(verb)

    tear into pieces

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, fluff, loosen, bug, twit, tease apart, cod, tantalize, tantalise, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, pester, rally

  8. tease(verb)

    raise the nap of (fabrics)

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, fluff, loosen, bug, twit, tease apart, cod, tantalize, tantalise, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, pester, rally

  9. tease, tease apart, loosen(verb)

    disentangle and raise the fibers of

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, tease, fluff, loosen, undo, loose, bug, twit, tease apart, cod, tantalize, tantalise, relax, untie, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, pester, rally

  10. tease, card(verb)

    separate the fibers of

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, tease, fluff, loosen, bug, twit, tease apart, cod, tantalize, tantalise, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, pester, rally

  11. tease(verb)

    mock or make fun of playfully

    Synonyms:
    bait, badger, taunt, fluff, loosen, bug, twit, tease apart, cod, tantalize, tantalise, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, pester, rally

  12. tease, fluff(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    botch, badger, bungle, tease, muck up, mishandle, bumble, botch up, tantalise, blow, screw up, rally, loosen, bug, fumble, flub, ball up, ruffle, bollocks, ride, bait, card, razz, spoil, muff, tantalize, tease apart, cod, louse up, mess up, taunt, beleaguer, foul up, rag, fluff, bobble, pester, bollix up, bollix, twit, bodge, bollocks up

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tease

    One may be annoyed by the well-meaning awkwardness of a servant, irritated by a tight shoe or a thoughtless remark, vexed at some careless neglect or needless misfortune, wounded by the ingratitude of child or friend. To tease is to give some slight and perhaps playful annoyance. Aggravate in the sense of offend is colloquial. To provoke, literally to call out or challenge, is to begin a contest; one provokes another to violence. To affront is to offer some defiant offense or indignity, as it were, to one's face; it is somewhat less than to insult. Compare PIQUE.

    Synonyms:
    affront, aggravate, annoy, displease, exasperate, insult, irritate, offend, provoke, vex, wound

    Antonyms:
    conciliate, content, gratify, honor, please

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tease(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    worry, vex, plague, annoy, torment, molest, irritate, harass, tantalize, badger, chafe, hector, harry, pester, bother, trouble

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

cupcake, hassle, languish

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. tease

    Synonyms:
    Cock tease, see there



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