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Tease appears in the following tongue twister:

  • The Knight said, "He's", with niceties, "some nights a tease or nice at ease on nice settees".

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb tease:


The word tease is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tease

What does tease mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: teases

  1. someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
  2. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
  3. the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances

Alternative definition of the noun tease


  1. One who 'teases'.
  2. A single act of 'teasing'.
  3. A cock tease; an exotic dancer; a stripper.

Definition of the verb tease

What does tease mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: teased | teasing | teases

  1. annoy persistently
  2. harass with persistent criticism or carping
  3. to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them
  4. tear into pieces
    • example: tease tissue for microscopic examinations
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: rip up / shred / tear up = tear into shreds
  5. raise the nap of (fabrics)
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic term: change surface = undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
    • entailment: brush = rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
  6. disentangle and raise the fibers of
  7. separate the fibers of
    • example: tease wool
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of tease: card
    • more generic word: separate = divide into components or constituents
  8. mock or make fun of playfully
  9. ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect

Alternative definition of the verb tease


  1. To separate the fibres of a fibrous material
  2. To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction
  3. To back-comb
  4. To poke fun at.
  5. To provoke or disturb by annoying remarks and other annoyances.
  6. To entice, to tempt.


  1. "Tease" is a film, directed by Dennis Berry.
  2. "Tease" a.k.a. "Tease!" is a film, directed by Scott Galbraith.
    • starring: Denise Druce
    • genre: Instructional
    • released in (9 years ago)


"Tease" is a musical EP of Blonde on Blonde.

  • released in (6 years ago)


Tease: Actress Lisa Rinna is the host of Oxygen Network's Tease, airing since 2007. Known to television audiences from her starring roles on Dancing with the Stars, Soap Talk, Melrose Place and Days of our Lives, Emmy-nominated Rinna is also recognizable for her signature layered hairstyle. Each Tease episode features two up-and-coming hair stylists as they face-off in an exciting Olympics-style tournament.

Phrases with Tease

Phrases starting with the word Tease:

  1. Tease Out
  2. tease apart

Phrases ending with the word Tease:

  1. to tease
  2. Cock tease

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tease

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Google previewThe Valleys of Tyrolia (2013)

Their Traditions and Customs and how to visit them by Rachel Harriette Busk

Le Tease is the last Til-clean village of the valley, and the seat of the' Austrian custom-house against Italy. On the other side of this frontier is the interesting Italian town of Primolano, whence there is an easier way into Primiero~thal than by ...

Google previewSynonyms Discriminated (1871)

A Complete Catalogue of Synonymous Words in the English Language, with Descriptions of Their Various Shades of Meaning, and Illustrations of Their Usages and Specialities by Charles John Smith

TEASE is the Saxon tesan, to pluck. We are annoyed by anything painful, provided the pain be not excessive ; and annoyance may be either physical or mental.

Google previewPrivate Bodies, Public Texts (2011)

Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics by Karla FC Holloway

But the story's buried tease is that the mystery does not lie in where the elite boarding school might be, and that discovering its location will not explain the ...

Google previewThe Promises You Keep (2012)

by Karen Marie Graham

Its tease is the faint moments of relief Hope that is an elusive shadow. Strength that is pretend. An emptiness that never seems filled for long. The weight of the world crushes. The proverbial one step forward and two steps back with no reward ...

Google previewThe Broadcast Journalism Handbook (2004)

A Television News Survival Guide by Robert Thompson, Cindy Malone

The tease is a long one here, with a lot of elements, a live reporter, the sports anchor, and the weather anchor, so it takes two minutes. The commercial break in this case is three minutes. Once you learn to read your station's rundown, you'll ...

Google previewDid You Get the Vibe? (2006)

by Kelly James-Enger

" "The tease is the best part about sex," said Connie. "But guys just think the ...

Google previewMosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (2009)

by Mosby

irritability/ir′itbil′itē/ [L, irritare, to tease], a condition of abnormal excitability or sensitivity. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)[L, irritare, to tease; OFr, boel + Gk, syn, together, dromos, course], abnormally increased motility of the small and large ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

The same tease, it seems on the surface, acquires radically different meaning when delivered by superiors rather than peers or in formal as opposed to informal settings. Several studies have documented how the nature of the social context ...

Google previewDictionary of the Alabama Language (1993)

by Cora Sylestine, Heather K. Hardy, Timothy Montler

tease to laugh ...

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Quotes about Tease

When the snake is old, the frog will tease him.
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Scrabble value of T1E1A1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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