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Tease \Tease\ (t[=e]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Teased; p. pr. & vb. n. Teasing.] [AS. t?san to pluck, tease; akin to OD. teesen, MHG. zeisen, Dan. t[ae]se, t[ae]sse. [root]58. Cf. Touse.]

  1. To comb or card, as wool or flax. ``Teasing matted wool.''

  2. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.

  3. (Anat.) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.

  4. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague.

    He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.

    Syn: To vex; harass: annoy; disturb; irritate; plague; torment; mortify; tantalize; chagrin.

    Usage: Tease, Vex. To tease is literally to pull or scratch, and implies a prolonged annoyance in respect to little things, which is often more irritating, and harder to bear, than severe pain. Vex meant originally to seize and bear away hither and thither, and hence, to disturb; as, to vex the ocean with storms. This sense of the term now rarely occurs; but vex is still a stronger word than tease, denoting the disturbance or anger created by minor provocations, losses, disappointments, etc. We are teased by the buzzing of a fly in our eyes; we are vexed by the carelessness or stupidity of our servants.

    Not by the force of carnal reason, But indefatigable teasing.

    In disappointments, where the affections have been strongly placed, and the expectations sanguine, particularly where the agency of others is concerned, sorrow may degenerate into vexation and chagrin.

    Tease tenon (Joinery), a long tenon at the top of a post to receive two beams crossing each other one above the other.


vb. (en-past of: tease)


adj. feeling mild pleasurable excitement [syn: titillated]

Usage examples of "teased".

He nibbled and teased the corner of her mouth until she obediently opened for him.

He lay there savoring the feel of her beside him, missing the sound of her voice, her laughter, the way her eyes danced when she teased him.

Her mouth drifted up to his ear, explored and briefly teased before moving along his jaw.

She leaned her weight into him, her hands covering his as his thumbs teased her nipples into hard peaks and her breasts swelled, aching with need for him.

Her erect nipples teased the hard muscles of his chest, and her full breasts moved silkily against him as her hands gently stroked his back.

Trey teased lightly, sliding down a fraction on the pillows piled behind his head.

The children needed her, the elder sister who comforted, teased, scolded, and loved them.

Lenna teased as she escorted Cailet from her new law offices near the Council House.

Lenna and Tevis and Terrill and Lady Lilen and a score of Ostin cousins hugged her, teased her, and heaped affectionate abuse on her for staying away so long.

She smiled at him again, his favorite smile that wanned and teased and loved him not just because he was her son, but because he was Mikel.

Her husband had possessed a quiet strength and had often teased her about her demanding nature.

He took hold of her neck with one hand while his lips found hers and teased them with nibbles and kisses.

He suckled the edge of her mouth and tasted the corners and teased her tongue, and his hands roved over her arms.

Rica chose to ignore it all, although she kept a sharp eye on her cousin Lorraine, who teased and strutted much too boldly.

He teased her and kissed her and challenged her to long debates and laughed boldly.