1. the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances (Freq. 1)

he ignored their teases


his ribbing was gentle but persistent

Syn: ↑tease, ↑ribbing, ↑tantalization
Derivationally related forms: ↑tantalize (for: ↑tantalization), ↑rib (for: ↑ribbing), ↑tease, ↑tease (for: ↑tease)
Hypernyms: ↑harassment, ↑molestation
2. playful vexation

the parody was just a form of teasing

Hypernyms: ↑play, ↑frolic, ↑romp, ↑gambol, ↑caper
3. the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
Syn: ↑comb-out
Derivationally related forms: ↑tease, ↑comb out (for: ↑comb-out)
Hypernyms: ↑comb, ↑combing
1. 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


nettlesome paperwork


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

Similar to: ↑disagreeable
Derivationally related forms: ↑plague (for: ↑plaguey), ↑plague (for: ↑plaguy)
2. playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)

"his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell

Syn: ↑mocking, ↑quizzical
Similar to: ↑playful
3. arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it

her lazy teasing smile

Similar to: ↑seductive

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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