• WordNet 3.6
    • v tease ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
    • v tease 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"
    • v tease mock or make fun of playfully "the flirting man teased the young woman"
    • v tease separate the fibers of "tease wool"
    • v tease disentangle and raise the fibers of "tease wool"
    • v tease raise the nap of (fabrics)
    • v tease tear into pieces "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
    • v tease annoy persistently "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
    • v tease 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"
    • n tease 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"
    • n tease a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
    • n tease someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Minnesotans are forbade from teasing skunks.
    • n Tease One who teases or plagues.
    • Tease To comb or card, as wool or flax. "Teasing matted wool."
    • Tease To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.
    • Tease (Anat) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.
    • Tease 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.""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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tease To pull apart or separate the adhering fibers of, as a bit of tissue or a specimen for microscopical examination; pick or tear into its sepa rate fibers; comb or card, as wool or flax.
    • tease To dress, as cloth, by means of teazels.
    • tease To vex, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, by silly trifling, or by jests and raillery; plague with questions, importunity, insinuations, raillery, or the like.
    • tease Synonyms Tease, Vex, Annoy, Molest, Badger, Pester, Bother, Worry, Plague, Torment. All these words either may or must refer to repeated acts; they all suggest mental pain, but of degrees varying with the word or with the circumstances; all except badger and molest may be used reflexively, but with different degrees of appropriateness, vex, worry, and torment being the most common in such use; the agent may be a person, or, except with badger, it may be a creature, events, circumstances, etc.; it would be clearly figurative to use tease when the agent is not a person; all except tease are always used seriously. Tease is not a strong word, but has considerable breadth of use: a child may tease his mother for what he desires; there is a great deal of good-humored teasing of friends about their matrimonial intentions; a fly may tease a dog by continually waking him up. Vex is stronger, literally implying anger and figuratively applying to repeated attacks, etc., such as would produce an excitement as strong as anger. In Shakspere's “still-vex'd Bermoothes” (Tempest, i. 2. 229), the use of vex is somewhat poetic or archaic, as is the application of the word to the continued agitation of the sea. Annoy has a middle degree of strength between tease and vex; a feeling of annoyance is somewhat short of vexation. We may be annoyed by the persistence of flies, beggars, duns, suitors, picket-firing, etc. Molest is generally a stronger word in its expression of harm done or intended, including the sense of disturbing once or often: some wild animals will not molest those who do not molest them. The next four words have a homely force—badger being founded upon the baiting of a badger by dogs, and thus implying persistence, energy, and some rudeness; pester implying similar persistence and much small vexation; bother implying weariness and perhaps confusion of the mind; and worry implying actual fatigue and even exhaustion. Plague and torment are very strong by the figurative extension of their primary meaning, although they are often used by hyperbole for that which is intolerable only by constant return: as, a tormenting fly. See exasperate and harass.
    • n tease The act of teasing, or the state of being teased.
    • n tease One who or that which teases; a plague.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Tease tēz to comb or card, as wool: to scratch, as cloth: to raise a nap: to vex with importunity, jests, &c.: to torment, irritate
    • n Tease one who teases or torments
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  • Lewis Carroll
    “Speak roughly to your little boy, and beat him when he sneezes: he only does it to annoy, because he knows it teases.”
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
    Sarah Orne Jewett
    “The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper -- whether little or great, it belongs to Literature.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Hurt a fly! He would not for the world: he's pitiful to flies even. Sing, says he, and tease me still, if that's your way, poor insect.”
  • Proverb
    “Patience when teased is often transformed into rage.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. tsan, to pluck, tease; akin to OD. teesen, MHG. zeisen, Dan. tæse, tæsse,. √58. Cf. Touse


In literature:

Her love for them was intense and motherly, though she would often tease them.
"Everlasting Pearl" by Anna Magdalena Johannsen
And if he were cross at being teased, he didn't show it.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Perhaps we do not tease him so much as we tease John.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
While they were teasing him a shouting in the garden sent them all to the back windows and doors.
"Ethel Morton's Holidays" by Mabell S. C. Smith
You must amuse him among you, and don't tease him, for he is not used to children.
"A Flat Iron for a Farthing" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
I suppose my hair is carroty," ruefully, "but I think it is rather mean to tease me about a thing I can't help.
"Hunter's Marjory" by Margaret Bruce Clarke
The boy realized that Cousin Charley would never cease teasing him if he wore the dress.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Didn't the Cap'n say as you wasn't to tease your sister?
"The Little Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
But she looks so like my brother Kent when she teases me that I don't mind.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
Teasing only wastes time.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely

In poetry:

What can I do to make her heed?
I am crying, love; I am indeed.
Open your eyes and see. What need
To tease me all the morning?
"Dead!" by Alfred Austin
I never said I loved you, John:
Why will you tease me day by day,
And wax a weariness to think upon
With always "do" and "pray"?
"No, Thank You John" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Would I just this once comply?--
So they teased and teased till I
(Be the truth at once confessed)
Wavered--yielded--did my best.
"Programme" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
How teasing truth a thousand faces claims,
As in a broken mirror,
And what a father died for in the flames
His own son scorns as error;
""Oh, Ask Me Not"" by John Charles McNeill
The radiance of the star that leans on me
Was shining years ago. The light that now
Glitters up there my eyes may never see,
And so the time lag teases me with how
"Delay" by Elizabeth Jennings
The magic of Mirth, and soul of Song
Shall lend their charm to the passing hour,
And speed old Time on his flight along,
And rob grey care of his teasing pow'r !—
"Song--" by Eliza Acton

In news:

Are Eagles teasing us all or what.
Blake Shelton is a 6-foot, 5-inch tease .
Sarah Palin, it's time to fish or cut bait: Stop teasing everyone about whether you'll run in 2012.
"Lamar always teases Kim," Khloe Kardashian told People Magazine.
However those who are being teased ten...
Teasing Vaccines From Tobacco.
Elmo's part of the presentation concentrated on how to deal with a situation where one might be getting teased .
Elmo, through the voices of the two humans in his posse of animal friends — husband and wife Greg and Diane Olson, questioned the audience on how they might react to being teased .
Physical characteristics are the most popular topics of a tease .
Teasing comes in all forms, especially starting around this age and continuing through middle school.
Everyone seems to tease .
"Still sounds like one big tease to me," she tells him.
Close call for tour guide teasing crocodile.
Big Time Rush Members Talk Fender Charity Project, Tease Upcoming Tour Expansion (Video).
Yesterday on Twitter, Katy Perry toyed with her followers by asking 'Would you like to be teased in 10 minutes.

In science:

So it takes strange cases to tease apart the proposals’ verdicts.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
So, let us briefly introduce Bayesianism in a bit more detail to see if we can tease out any features of our tentative analogy between these two philosophies.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Steel and L.A. and Sz´ekely, Teasing apart two trees. (submitted).
Inverting Random Functions III: Discrete MLE Revisited
This helps identify scenarios where algorithms that exploit any structure in the eigenvectors of the signals, such as the MUSIC and the Capon-MVDR algorithms in sensor array processing or particle filter based techniques , might be better able to tease ou t lower level signals from the background noise.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
There are three main problems with these proofs: they are very complicated; the content is almost entirely encoded in pure algebra; and it is difficult to tease out the fundamental properties of BZ/p that make the proofs work.
A simple homotopy-theoretical proof of the Sullivan conjecture