Synonyms for tease

Synonyms for (noun) tease

Synonyms: ribbing, tantalization, tease, teasing

Definition: the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances

Usage: he ignored their teases; his ribbing was gentle but persistent

Similar words: molestation, harassment

Definition: the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism


Synonyms: coquette, tease, minx, flirt, prickteaser, vamp, vamper

Definition: a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

Similar words: woman, adult female

Definition: an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

Usage: the woman kept house while the man hunted


Synonyms: tease, teaser, annoyer, vexer

Definition: someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)

Similar words: persona non grata, unwelcome person

Definition: a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome

Synonyms for (verb) tease

Synonyms: fluff, tease

Definition: ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect

Similar words: disentangle, comb, comb out

Definition: smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb

Usage: comb your hair before dinner; comb the wool


Synonyms: ride, rag, rally, razz, bait, twit, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, cod

Definition: harass with persistent criticism or carping

Usage: The children teased the new teacher; Don't ride me so hard over my failure; His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie

Similar words: mock, bemock

Definition: treat with contempt

Usage: The new constitution mocks all democratic principles


Synonyms: tease

Definition: mock or make fun of playfully

Usage: the flirting man teased the young woman

Similar words: jest at, make fun, laugh at, blackguard, guy, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast

Definition: subject to laughter or ridicule

Usage: The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house; The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher; His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday


Synonyms: tease, card

Definition: separate the fibers of

Usage: tease wool

Similar words: separate

Definition: divide into components or constituents

Usage: Separate the wheat from the chaff


Synonyms: tease, tease apart, loosen

Definition: disentangle and raise the fibers of

Usage: tease wool

Similar words: straighten out, disentangle, unsnarl

Definition: extricate from entanglement

Usage: Can you disentangle the cord?


Synonyms: tease

Definition: raise the nap of (fabrics)

Similar words: change surface

Definition: undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface


Synonyms: tease

Definition: tear into pieces

Usage: tease tissue for microscopic examinations

Similar words: tear up, rip up, shred

Definition: tear into shreds


Synonyms: beleaguer, badger, bug, pester, tease

Definition: annoy persistently

Usage: The children teased the boy because of his stammer

Similar words: rag, frustrate, crucify, dun, torment, bedevil

Definition: treat cruelly

Usage: The children tormented the stuttering teacher


Synonyms: tease

Definition: to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them

Usage: The advertisement is intended to tease the customers; She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior

Similar words: manipulate, keep in line, control

Definition: control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

Usage: She manipulates her boss; She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up; The teacher knew how to keep the class in line; she keeps in line