From Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan (“to tease”), from Proto-Germanic *taisijanan (“to separate, tug, shred”), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (“to separate, divide”). Cognate with Dutch tezen (“to pull, tug, scratch”), Danish tæse (“to tease”). Related to touse, tose.
- To separate the fibres of a fibrous material.
- To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction.
- To back-comb.
- To poke fun at.
- To provoke or disturb by annoying remarks and other annoyances.
- To entice, to tempt.
Derived terms 
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tease (plural teases)