verb (used with object), teased, teasing.
to irritate or provoke with persistent petty distractions, trifling raillery, or other annoyance, often in sport.
to pull apart or separate the adhering fibers of (wool or the like), as in combing or carding; comb or card, as wool; shred.
to ruffle (the hair) by holding it at the ends and combing toward the scalp so as to give body to a hairdo.
to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; teasel.
Also, teaser. Television Slang. a short scene or highlight shown at the beginning of a film or television show to attract the audience’s attention.
verb (used without object), teased, teasing.
to provoke or disturb a person or animal by importunity or persistent petty annoyances.
a person who teases or annoys.
the act of teasing or the state of being teased.
to annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer
to arouse sexual desire in (someone) with no intention of satisfying it
to vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp by ridicule
(transitive) to separate the fibres of; comb; card
(transitive) to raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel
(US & Canadian) Also backcomb. to comb the under layers of (the hair) towards the roots to give more bulk to a hairstyle
(transitive) to loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument
a person or thing that teases
the act of teasing
v. teased, teas·ing, teas·es
To separate the structural parts of a tissue, as with a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopic examination.
noun 1. any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, having prickly leaves and flower heads. Compare teasel family. 2. the dried flower head or bur of the plant D. fullonum, used for teasing or teaseling cloth. 3. any mechanical contrivance used for teaseling. verb (used with object), teaseled, teaseling or (especially British) teaselled, teaselling. […]
noun 1. the plant family Dipsacaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants having opposite or whorled leaves, dense flower heads surrounded by an involucre, and small, dry fruit, and including the scabious and teasel.
noun 1. a prickly-stemmed Arabian vine, Cucumis dipsaceus, of the gourd family, having burlike, bristly fruit.
- Tease out
verb 1. (transitive, adverb) to extract (information) with difficulty Lure out, obtain or extract with effort, as in We had a hard time teasing the wedding date out of him. This term alludes to the literal sense of tease, “untangle or release something with a pointed tool.” [ Mid-1900s ]