Adjective "teasing" definition and examples

(Teasing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/tiːz/

Definitions and examples

verb

Make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way.
  1. no object 'she was just teasing'
  2. 'It was quite orderly to begin with, as the feeder teased the sharks with the frozen bait.'
  3. 'She stops to rescue a cat being teased by a couple of ruffians.'
  4. 'The staff were wonderful, friendly, approachable, the porters made me laugh and were teasing me lots on the way to the theatre.'
  5. 'A visit to the city zoo was not considered complete unless one teased a monkey and made it snarl or got it to throw back the banana or nuts thrown at it.'
  6. 'Then I told him to stop teasing my dog and he asked me if I wanted to fight.'
  7. 'Josh would be teasing him for the rest of the week if he did.'
  8. 'Later, I watched from the sidelines as Spanish youths teased the bulls, using their shirts as capes.'
  9. 'Suddenly I felt guilt, I knew I had also upset him by teasing him about Josh.'
  10. 'The younger girl wondered if Sanura was baiting her, teasing her like she always did, or if she knew what she was really saying to Kira.'
  11. 'Kyle had blushed and they spend forever laughing and teasing him about it.'
  12. 'she had thrown herself at him and teased him'
  13. 'His voice had all of it's previous teasing sexuality gone, only remained the voice of a dangerous man.'
  14. 'Again, she kissed him, to tease him into state of fiery desire.'
  15. 'Once, he teased me in class by doing sexual gestures and whatnot.'
  16. 'When she woke up I kissed and teased her.'
Gently pull or comb (tangled wool, hair, etc.) into separate strands.
  1. 'tease the roots apart and replant at once'
  2. 'Blethyn teases a curl of her hair pensively when I ask her if she thinks she is a good actor.'
  3. 'His gray-green eyes sparkled with laughter and mirth, as he slung an arm around Jess, his hand teasing her hair affectionately.'
  4. 'Instead, use a sterile needle or forceps to gently tease out and unfold the hair.'
  5. 'a historian who tries to tease out the truth'
  6. '‘Collection’ is full of contradictions, though themes can be teased out.'
  7. '‘Heckling’ then was a method of firing off questions designed to tease or comb out truths that politicians might wish to conceal or avoid.'
  8. 'The section on the 11th September disaster and its aftermath, teases out an sometimes nuanced criticism of US foreign policy.'
  9. 'These metaphors can be teased out in many different settings, and they talk about race in terms that are internally consistent.'
  10. 'He flirts with a phrase, whispers meaning, teases feeling out of mere notes and steps, caresses the floor.'
  11. 'her teased bottle-blonde hair'
  12. 'Lightly tease a section of hair on top, and brush sides into a ponytail.'
  13. 'They're probably too busy flossing, teasing their hair and singing along to Judy Garland records to be bothered.'
  14. 'Willy Russell's hit comedy about a hairdresser who decides there is more to life than bleaching roots and teasing frizzy perms.'
  15. 'You spent a lot of time flicking and teasing your hair with an Afro comb at lunch time, or during class or after class.'
  16. 'For a messy look, tease the hair on the crown of your head, adding height.'
  17. 'She then teased this section and smoothed it back to meet the ponytail.'
  18. 'Put on a skinny headband, then tease the back of the hair with pomade or hair spray.'
  19. 'Blonde hair that was teased and curled and laced with gems and chains served as a massive crown for this overbearing woman.'
  20. 'After shaping the spirals, he teased them with a comb for height and fullness.'
  21. 'And then it brought me my hairbrush and sat on my shoulder teasing my long brown hair.'

noun

A person who makes fun of someone playfully or unkindly.
  1. 'He was an awkward kind of fabulist, a tease who directed his subtle ironies as much at his readers as at his cats and foxes.'
  2. '‘Commander Blair is such a tease,’ Kyle said as he checked the Peacemaker's weapon systems.'
  3. 'Ahhhhh, I love the idea of teasing Mr B. I am such a tease and I love it.'
  4. 'Sorry to be such a tease, but you can't predict the future.'
  5. 'Being a terrible tease from way back, however, I deliberately posted here recently another quotation from Lott.'
  6. 'Either she was blissfully innocent of being a tease or she knew what sort of effect that was likely to provoke.'
  7. 'You ask a lot of him in this role - drag, love scenes with men - and he's presented as a sex object and a tease for other men.'
  8. 'She was exactly how he remembered her, how every man who grew up in the Glen remembered her: a flirt and a tease with a body to back up her confidence.'
  9. 'Clearly, she's a tease, a tramp and completely selfish.'
  10. 'I let her know she was an incredible tease.'
  11. 'I told him I thought Jessica was a tease and that he should drop her, to which he replied that he was planning on it.'
  12. 'It is guest-written by Elsie, companion to the Doctor and a big tease.'
  13. 'No one wants to be labeled immediately as the cad, the slut, or the tease; no one wants to be taken advantage of or be seen as an opportunist.'
  14. 'You're sweet, kind, and love to be a tease at times.'
  15. 'It's just that Ozon is a great tease!'
An act of teasing someone.
  1. 'As such, a department in the suitor's role often finds itself expending time, energy and self-esteem on what turns out to be an elaborate tease.'
  2. 'It was alive with two irresistible teases: proximity to celebre-lites and the highly intoxicating prospect of winning money!'
  3. 'Calgary has been privy to teases of his product at shops such as Oxygen in Bankers Hall, and in Kensington at both Brooklyn for men and Splash for women.'
  4. 'Arabian Jazz is replete with humorous instances of recontextualized cultural inheritance, cultural teases, and trickster-like irony.'
  5. 'She meant it as a playful tease but snickers from the corner of the room made her lighthearted smile disappear.'
  6. 'That writer's not an alter ego, though how much she shares with her creator is one of the device's loitering teases.'
  7. 'My pa, watching from the terrace above, had this gentle tease: With all your shots, those nets are going to need repairing.'
  8. 'However, those matches involving the odd incisive break at breathtaking speed, where the ball invariably ends up in the back of the net, are something of a tantalising tease.'
  9. 'The only real problem is the length of the side games (like the boat racing and space battle) which are more of a tease than anything.'
  10. 'Her dance cavorts playfully between elegance and tease; a spin of the sari around her, and her perfectly toned midriff is exposed but for a swift moment.'

More definitions

1. to irritate or provoke with persistent petty distractions, trifling raillery, or other annoyance, often in sport.

2. to pull apart or separate the adhering fibers of (wool or the like), as in combing or carding; comb or card, as wool; shred.

3. to ruffle (the hair) by holding it at the ends and combing toward the scalp so as to give body to a hairdo.

4. to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; teasel.

5. Also, teaser. Television Slang. a short sce

More examples(as adjective)

"smiles can be teasing."

"people can be teasing."

"tones can be teasing."

"looks can be teasing."

"words can be teasing."

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Origin

(tease)Old English tǣsan (in tease (sense 2 of the verb)), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch teezen and German dialect zeisen, also to teasel. Sense 1 is a development of the earlier and more serious ‘irritate by annoying actions’ (early 17th century), a figurative use of the word's original sense.