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Etymology 1[edit]

Apparently an alteration of teaser, referring to it being lighter than formal punitive instruments.


teazer (plural teazers)

  1. sennet whip, an implement for informal corporal punishment, formerly used in the Royal Navy.

Etymology 2[edit]

Corrupted from French tiser (to feed a fire).


teazer (plural teazers)

  1. The stoker or fireman of a furnace, as in glassworking.
    • 1849, Apsley Pellatt, Curiosities of Glass Making:
      The above four sets of workmen, with a teazer and lear man, changing every six hours, constitute the complement for one furnace