Tease

Definition of Tease

Pronunciation: tēz
v. t.1.To comb or card, as wool or flax.
[imp. & p. p. Teased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Teasing.]
2.To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.
3.(Anat.) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.
4.To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague.
He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.
- Macaulay.
Not by the force of carnal reason,
But indefatigable teasing.
- Hudibras.
In disappointments, where the affections have been strongly placed, and the expectations sanguine, particularly where the agency of others is concerned, sorrow may degenerate into vexation and chagrin.
- Cogan.
Tease tenon
(Joinery) a long tenon at the top of a post to receive two beams crossing each other one above the other.
n.1.One who teases or plagues.

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