"teases" in the noun sense
1. tease, teaser, annoyer, vexer
someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
2. coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, tease, prickteaser
a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
3. tease, teasing, ribbing, tantalization
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"
"teases" in the verb sense
1. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer
"The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
2. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride
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"
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)
6. tease, tease apart, loosen
disentangle and raise the fibers of
7. tease, card
separate the fibers of
mock or make fun of playfully
"the flirting man teased the young woman"
9. tease, fluff
ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
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