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tease

tease

 
 
pronunciation:
tiz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: teased, teases, teasing
definition 1: to make fun of or attempt to provoke in a playful or mocking way.
His way of flirting with a girl he likes is to tease her.He walked with a limp and was often teased by the other boys.
synonyms:
kid, make fun of, needle, rib, ridicule
similar words:
devil, gibe, jest, josh, make fun of, mock, pick on, poke fun at, rally, taunt, twit
definition 2: to arouse curiosity or desire in without satisfying; tantalize.
Stop teasing the dog and give him the biscuit.
synonyms:
tantalize
similar words:
allure, beguile, entice, lure, tempt, titillate, whet
definition 3: to fluff (the hair) by combing from the ends toward the scalp in order to give a full appearance.
synonyms:
fluff
similar words:
comb, style
definition 4: to separate (the fibers of cloth) by pulling apart.
similar words:
card, part
definition 5: to raise the nap of (cloth) by combing; teasel.
synonyms:
nap, teasel
similar words:
comb
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to kid or try to provoke a person or persons in a playful or mocking way.
It's hard to know when he's serious because he's always teasing.
synonyms:
jest, kid
similar words:
gibe, mock, sport, wisecrack
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of teasing.
She did not find his teases funny.
synonyms:
kidding, ribbing
similar words:
fun, gibe, jest, joke, mockery, sport
definition 2: one who teases.
Some people find him amusing and others find him annoying because he's such a tease.He thought she was serious about him and didn't know her reputation for being a tease.
similar words:
flirt, joker
definition 3: an action or remark that entices or arouses interest.
That ad makes the product sound good, but I'm sure it's only a tease.
synonyms:
bait, enticement, lure, tantalization, titillation
similar words:
attraction, gibe, temptation
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derivations: teasingly (adv.), teaser (n.)