tease, teaser, annoyer, vexer(noun)
someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, tease, prickteaser(noun)
a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
tease, teasing, ribbing, tantalization(verb)
the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
"he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"
tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer(verb)
"The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
bait, badger, taunt, surround, tease, fluff, loosen, tap, wiretap, circumvent, bug, twit, tease apart, intercept, cod, tantalize, tantalise, besiege, ride, rag, card, razz, beleaguer, hem in, pester, rally
tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride(verb)
harass with persistent criticism or carping
"The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
sit, depend on, get at, reproof, mobilise, chide, bait, rile, dun, cod, razz, crucify, bedevil, reprimand, lambaste, mobilize, devil, drive, badger, get to, tantalise, frustrate, annoy, chew out, beat up, gull, trounce, tease, taunt, fool, berate, chew up, rebound, lecture, drum up, nark, rag, depend upon, card, torment, ride, tease apart, dress down, irritate, tantalize, rally, befool, turn on, come up, remonstrate, hinge on, mount, pester, call up, take in, jaw, rebuke, nettle, fluff, vex, beleaguer, lambast, dupe, put on, bother, gravel, take to task, muster up, devolve on, summon, bawl out, slang, muster, call on the carpet, twit, put one across, loosen, have words, put one over, chafe, scold, call down, hinge upon, bug
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 behavior"
tear into pieces
"tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
raise the nap of (fabrics)
tease, tease apart, loosen(verb)
disentangle and raise the fibers of
separate the fibers of
mock or make fun of playfully
"the flirting man teased the young woman"
ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
botch, badger, bungle, tease, muck up, mishandle, bumble, botch up, tantalise, blow, screw up, rally, loosen, bug, fumble, flub, ball up, ruffle, bollocks, ride, bait, card, razz, spoil, muff, tantalize, tease apart, cod, louse up, mess up, taunt, beleaguer, foul up, rag, fluff, bobble, pester, bollix up, bollix, twit, bodge, bollocks up
English Synonyms and Antonyms
One may be annoyed by the well-meaning awkwardness of a servant, irritated by a tight shoe or a thoughtless remark, vexed at some careless neglect or needless misfortune, wounded by the ingratitude of child or friend. To tease is to give some slight and perhaps playful annoyance. Aggravate in the sense of offend is colloquial. To provoke, literally to call out or challenge, is to begin a contest; one provokes another to violence. To affront is to offer some defiant offense or indignity, as it were, to one's face; it is somewhat less than to insult. Compare PIQUE.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
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Translations for tease
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- pentinarCatalan, Valencian
- drillepind, drilleDanish
- kämmen, hänseln, auf den Arm nehmen, verführen, aufziehen, reizen, provozieren, hecheln, necken, verarschenGerman
- provocar, molestar, incitar, cardar, peinar, embromar, burlarse, tentar, tomar el pelo, alborotarSpanish
- härnätä, viekoitella, vietellä, kiusoitella, ärsyttää, kiusata, houkutellaFinnish
- tarraing àScottish Gaelic
- bosszant, ugratHungarian
- burlarsi, tentare, sedurre, cardare, pettinare, provocare, stuzzicareItalian
- からかう, ちょっかいを出す, 誘うJapanese
- 찍접거리다, 놀리다Korean
- за́кача, прима́мува, задева, за́дева, закачаMacedonian
- cardar, tirar sarro, irritar, tentar, seduzir, pentear, caçoar, zombar, provocarPortuguese
- чеса́ть, начёсывать, поддра́знивать, провоци́ровать, зама́нивать, дразни́ть, надоеда́ть, мани́тьRussian
- zadirkivati, provocirati, izazivatiSerbo-Croatian
- reta, karda, kammaSwedish
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