"teasing" in the noun sense
1. 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"
"the parody was just a form of teasing"
3. comb-out, teasing
the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
"teasing" 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
"teasing" in the adjective sense
1. mocking, teasing, quizzical
playfully vexing (especially by ridicule
"his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell
arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it
"her lazy teasing smile"
3. annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing
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"
"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"
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