• WordNet 3.6
    • adj teasing causing irritation or annoyance "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork","aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport","found it galling to have to ask permission","an irritating delay","nettlesome paperwork","a pesky mosquito","swarms of pestering gnats","a plaguey newfangled safety catch","a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him","a vexatious child","it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
    • adj teasing arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it "her lazy teasing smile"
    • adj teasing playfully vexing (especially by ridicule) "his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell"
    • n teasing the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
    • n teasing 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 teasing playful vexation "the parody was just a form of teasing"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Minnesotans are forbade from teasing skunks.
    • teasing Vexing; irritating; annoying.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Teasing vexatious
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tǽsan, to pluck; Dut. teezen, Ger. zeisen.


In literature:

You must never tease me again about Gabriel Norton.
"The Wings of Icarus" by Laurence Alma Tadema
Timmy seemed to take pleasure in teasing Jack, and Jack was not in the humour to bear even the smallest practical joke just now.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
She found herself talking and laughing a great deal, and Truxton teased her.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
In his dream Maud was kind, her teasing, disdainful mood quite gone.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
I teased him all the way back, until when we got in to lunch he did not know whether he was on his head or his heels.
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
They tease you about Madge.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
Now, Comfort, I can't have you standing there teasing me any longer.
"Comfort Pease and her Gold Ring" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Pat was such a tease!
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
Berenice skipped about her teasingly.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
It hummed in the heads of Senators in Congress, and teased saints upon their knees.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
I must tease William into giving the people no rest until they do it.
"A Canadian Heroine, Volume 1" by Mrs. Harry Coghill
He had teased Jean, he had teased Emily, calling their intuition jealousy.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
You won't have to wait long, dear, so be a good child and don't tease.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
I'll beg and tease him till he gives in.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
You shan't be teased any more.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
I do hope Christopher won't tease her.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Sometimes she simply teased him into retaliation.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
There were times when Primrose was fond of teasing Rachel, but she rose now.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
For Mr. Harcourt, in spite of his delight in teasing, was very deeply in love with his beautiful wife.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I can't help teasing you!
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna

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
See you, brother, Cranberry Fruit —
He! ho! ho! the merry blade! —
Hugs and pets and pats yon newt,
Teasing every wilful maid.
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
Incessant slumber makes them pleased;
their singing's really frightful;
their wool is often oddly teased,
their eiderdown delightful.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
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

In news:

Steve Nash teases New Yorkers.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images Steve Nash probably isn't going to sign with the Knicks this summer, but that didn't stop him from teasing New Yorkers at a promotional event in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Kids who are targets of teasing and bullying usually become loners at home.
Yesterday, the New York Times debuted the first image from the film, a vintage XXX poster for 'Deep Throat' teasing our first official look at Amanda Seyfried as a porn star.
If you had your picture taken with the Q103 Q-Tease check them out after the jump.
Indeed, Gallagher's been teasing the line for months with online videos of rather impressive production values.
T-Bone gets teased about his sweater.
'People tease me and refer to it often'.
it's almost like they're teasing me.
Attending the Tour de France can seem like the ultimate tease: You travel far and endure untold logistical headaches, then the riders blow by in seconds.
I think she was probably teasing me.
For the past week or so, Sixx am have been teasing the release of a new project.
Yesterday's transition briefing at the office of the president-elect in Washington offered a lot of teases for the environmental community.
A tease from the Yale Club's website.
"Marry me @carlyraejepsen," he teased.

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
XDecoder must tease apart in order to reliably predict RNA structures.
Developing and applying heterogeneous phylogenetic models with XRate
In this interpretation, the central engine remains an active part of the GRB process well into the afterglow phase, further underscoring the need for early and thorough observations of the entire burst event if the complex physical interactions are ever to be teased out.
ROTSE-III Observations of the Early Afterglow From GRB 030329
The galaxy samples studied in the 1980s and 1990s were not generally large enough to provide strong enough statistical results to be definitive, let alone to tease out details of the relevant processes.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
The Bayes risk must be teased apart into its constituent parts and the Bayes costs must be examined in detail.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
Future measurements of the ψ ′ , χC , and Υ states, together with open charm and bottom measurements in p+p, d+Au, and Au+Au collisions should provide enough information to tease apart the the different phenomena - i.e. cold nuclear effects, coalescence, and deconfinement.
Summary of Experimental Results: Photons, Leptons and Heavy Quarks
In most instances, we are teasing out weak signatures that are fundamental to the process at hand.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
These are now undergoing statistical analysis to tease out the characteristics of typical AGN sources.
Conclusions from the image analysis of the VSOP Survey
We will explore the use of more robust statistical analyses to attempt to tease out the correlations.
Conclusions from the image analysis of the VSOP Survey
They think this happens because people think they are being teased, or due to lack of patience to make an effort to understand them.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
Rhee, S.-Y., Gonzales, M. J., Kantor, R., Betts, B. J., Ravela, J. & Shafer, R. W. (2003), ‘Human immunodeficiency virus reverse transcriptase and pro- tease sequence database’, Nucleic Acids Research 31, 298–303.
A significance test for the lasso