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Verb: tease  teez
  1. Mock or make fun of playfully
    "the flirting man teased the young woman";
    - jape
  2. Annoy persistently
    "The children teased the boy because of his stammer";
    - badger, pester, bug, beleaguer
  3. Deliberately provoke by mocking or poking fun, often in an aggressive manner
    "The children teased the new teacher";
    - razz [N. Amer, informal], rag, cod [Brit, informal], bait, taunt, twit [informal], rally, ride [N. Amer, informal], wind up [Brit, informal]
  4. 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 behaviour"
  5. Tear into pieces
    "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
  6. Raise the nap of (fabrics)
  7. Disentangle and raise the fibers of
    "tease wool";
    - tease apart, loosen
  8. Separate the fibers of
    "tease wool";
    - card
  9. Ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
    - fluff
Noun: tease  teez
  1. Someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
    - teaser, annoyer, vexer, ribber [informal]
  2. A seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
    - coquette, flirt, vamp [informal], vamper, minx, flirter
  3. The act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
    "he ignored their teases";
    - teasing, ribbing, tantalization, wind-up [Brit, informal], tantalisation [Brit]

Sounds like: teamed, t, tease, tea

Derived forms: teasing, teased, teases

Type of: adult female, bedevil, bemock, blackguard, change surface, comb, comb out, control, crucify, disentangle, dun, frustrate, guy, harassment, jest at, keep in line, laugh at, make fun, manipulate, mock, molestation, persona non grata, poke fun, rag, rib [informal], ridicule, rip up, roast [informal], separate, shred, straighten out, tear up, torment, unsnarl, unwelcome person, woman

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