tease, teaser, annoyer, vexer(noun)
someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, tease, prickteaser(noun)
a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
tease, teasing, ribbing, tantalization(verb)
the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
"he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer(verb)
"The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
bait, badger, taunt, surround, fluff, loosen, tap, wiretap, circumvent, bug, twit, tease apart, intercept, cod, tantalize, tantalise, besiege, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, hem in, pester, rally
tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride(verb)
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"
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, 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
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"
tear into pieces
"tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
raise the nap of (fabrics)
tease, tease apart, loosen(verb)
disentangle and raise the fibers of
separate the fibers of
mock or make fun of playfully
"the flirting man teased the young woman"
ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
botch, badger, bungle, 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
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.
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How to use tease in a sentence?
A person does not want to please people, he wants to tease them.
We admire and love those people who constantly tease us, but we are doubtful of those who show us too much love.
What we've been able to tease out from the mathematical model is it's not necessarily that these cells are migrating in a directed way, actually these cells are diffusing, there's no direction to their migration. It's like when you put a drop of milk into a cup of coffee that you haven't stirred. Eventually that milk will be spread evenly throughout your coffee, and these cells are doing the same sort of thing - they're moving in an undirected manner and eventually, slowly, they manage to fully colonize the skin of this animal.
He could tease presidents and first ladies. He could say things to Frank Sinatra that no one could say to Sinatra. He could walk in and Frank would start to laugh, if I needed him, he was always there.
Essentially, we were able to tease out details of the emergence of the modern world - the age of mammals - from the ashes of the age of the dinosaurs.
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- pentinarCatalan, Valencian
- škádlit, vtipálekCzech
- drillepind, drilleDanish
- kämmen, hänseln, auf den Arm nehmen, verführen, aufziehen, reizen, provozieren, hecheln, necken, verarschenGerman
- provocar, molestar, incitar, cardar, peinar, embromar, burlarse, tentar, tomar el pelo, alborotarSpanish
- کسی را دست انداختنPersian
- härnätä, viekoitella, vietellä, kiusoitella, ärsyttää, kiusata, houkutellaFinnish
- tarraing àScottish Gaelic
- bosszant, ugratHungarian
- burlarsi, tentare, sedurre, cardare, pettinare, provocare, stuzzicareItalian
- からかう, ちょっかいを出す, 誘うJapanese
- ಕೀಟಲೆ ಮಾಡುKannada
- 찍접거리다, 놀리다Korean
- за́кача, прима́мува, задева, за́дева, закачаMacedonian
- droczyć sięPolish
- cardar, tirar sarro, irritar, tentar, seduzir, pentear, caçoar, zombar, provocar, provocaçãoPortuguese
- чеса́ть, начёсывать, поддра́знивать, провоци́ровать, зама́нивать, дразни́ть, надоеда́ть, мани́ть, дразнитьRussian
- zadirkivati, provocirati, izazivatiSerbo-Croatian
- reta, karda, kammaSwedish
- trêu chọcVietnamese
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