Definition of "tease" []

  • To annoy or pester; vex. (verb-transitive)
  • To make fun of; mock playfully. (verb-transitive)
  • To arouse hope, desire, or curiosity in without affording satisfaction. (verb-transitive)
  • To urge persistently; coax: teasing their mother for more candy. (verb-transitive)
  • To gain by persistent coaxing: "the New York editor who could tease great books from the unpromising woolly jumble of an author's first draft” ( Ian Jack). (verb-transitive)
  • To annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To arouse sexual desire in (someone) with no intention of satisfying it (verb)
  • To vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp by ridicule (verb)
  • To separate the fibres of; comb; card (verb)
  • To raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel (verb)
  • To comb the under layers of (the hair) towards the roots to give more bulk to a hairstyle (verb)
  • To loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument (verb)
  • A person or thing that teases (noun)
  • The act of teasing (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tease" in a sentence
  • "So, next hour, give us what we call a tease in this business."
  • "M. O'BRIEN: Hence you have what we call a tease in television."
  • "Now, with an economic crisis upon us coupled with a public that is gun shy about gas prices (you just know those $1.75 prices are only a short-term tease), they now come running, hat-in-hand, begging for bridge loans, as if this economic downturn was the only obstacle in front of them before reinventing themselves into profitable companies that build great products."