tease

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From Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan (to tease), from Proto-Germanic *taisijaną (to separate, tug, shred), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (to separate, divide). Cognate with West Frisian tiezje, tiizje (to baffle, perplex), Dutch tezen (to pull, tug, scratch), German zeisen (to pluck, pluck apart), Danish tæse (to tease). Related to touse, tose.

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tease (third-person singular simple present teases, present participle teasing, simple past and past participle teased)

  1. to separate the fibres of a fibrous material
  2. to comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction
  3. to back-comb
  4. (transitive) to poke fun at
    • 2008, Lich King, "Attack of the Wrath of the War of the Death of the Strike of the Sword of the Blood of the Beast ", Toxic Zombie Onslaught
      The beast in the past has done horrible stuff / And his victims were left quite displeased / No one knows what he's so angry about / Maybe once in third grade he was teased
  5. (transitive) to provoke or disturb; to annoy
    • 1684, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
      Not by the force of carnal reason, / But indefatigable teasing.
    • 1848, Thomas Macaulay, History of England, volume I, page 76:
      He [] suffered them to tease him into acts directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      "My tastes," he said, still smiling, "incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet." And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: "I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I'd rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; []."
  6. (transitive) to manipulate or influence the behavior of, especially by repeated acts of irritation
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume I, chapter 14:
      A young woman, if she fall into bad hands, may be teased, and kept at a distance from those she wants to be with; but one cannot comprehend a young man’s being under such restraint, as not to be able to spend a week with his father, if he likes it.
  7. (transitive) to entice, tempt
  8. (transitive, informal) to show as forthcoming, in the manner of a teaser
    • 2017 July 7, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “The ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes ends up surrendering to formula”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      a less interesting character here than in the previous two films, Caesar glowers through the movie, as though aware that he has been condemned to a script that is rushing to clear the stage for the straightforward Planet Of The Apes remake first teased in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

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Noun[edit]

tease (plural teases)

  1. one who teases
  2. a single act of teasing
  3. One who deliberately arouses others (usually men) sexually with no intention of satisfying that arousal.
    Synonyms: cock tease, cocktease, cockteaser, prickteaser

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