tease

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtiːz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/tiz/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(tēz)

Inflections of 'tease' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
teases
v 3rd person singular
teasing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
teased
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
teased
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
tease /tiz/USA pronunciation   v.,  teased, teas•ing, n. 
v. 
  1. to irritate, bother, or anger (someone or an animal) with jokes, playful words or actions, or other annoyances: [+ object]She teased me about my girlfriends.[no object]Don't tease; it's cruel to animals.
  2. to excite someone's interest or desire with no intention to gratify it;
    tantalize: [no object]She thought he really liked her, but he was just teasing.[+ object]just teasing her.
  3. to fluff up (the hair) by holding at the ends and combing toward the scalp so as to give body to a hairdo:[+ object]Her hair was teased.

n. [countable]
  1. a person who teases:She's such a tease.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
tease  (tēz),USA pronunciation v.,  teased, teas•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to irritate or provoke with persistent petty distractions, trifling raillery, or other annoyance, often in sport.
  2. to pull apart or separate the adhering fibers of (wool or the like), as in combing or carding;
    comb or card, as wool;
    shred.
  3. to ruffle (the hair) by holding it at the ends and combing toward the scalp so as to give body to a hairdo.
  4. to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels;
    teasel.
  5. Radio and Television, Show Business, Slang TermsAlso,  teaser. [Television Slang.]a short scene or highlight shown at the beginning of a film or television show to attract the audience's attention.

v.i. 
  1. to provoke or disturb a person or animal by importunity or persistent petty annoyances.

n. 
  1. a person who teases or annoys.
  2. the act of teasing or the state of being teased.
teasa•ble, adj. 
teasa•ble•ness, n. 
teasing•ly, adv. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English tesen (verb, verbal), Old English tǣsan to pull, tear, comb; cognate with Middle Low German tesen, Old High German zeisan to pluck
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trouble, disturb, vex;
      harass. See  bother. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mollify.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
tease /tiːz/ vb
  1. to annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer
  2. to vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp by ridicule
  3. (transitive) to separate the fibres of; comb; card
  4. (transitive) to raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel
  5. (transitive) to loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument
n
  1. a person or thing that teases
  2. the act of teasing

See also tease outEtymology: Old English tǣsan; related to Old High German zeisan to pick

ˈteasing adj ˈteasingly adv
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