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  Dictionary Definition of tease

tease
verb, teased, teasing, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to worry or irritate by persistent petty requests, trifling raillery, or other annoyances often in jest.
2. to pull apart or separate the adhering fibres of, as in combing or carding wool; comb or card (wool, etc.); shred.
3. to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; teasel.
4. to give height and body to a hairdo by combing the hair from the end towards the scalp.
5. to flirt.
-- verb (i)
6. to worry or disturb a person, etc., by importunity or persistent petty annoyance.
-- noun
7. the act of teasing.
8. the state of being teased.
9. one who or that which teases or annoys.
[ME tese, OE tęsan tear up, c. D teezen pull]
-- teasingly, adverb