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3 definitions found
 for teasing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tease \Tease\ (t[=e]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Teased (t[=e]zd);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Teasing.] [AS. t?san to pluck, tease; akin
     to OD. teesen, MHG. zeisen, Dan. t[ae]se, t[ae]sse. [root]58.
     Cf. Touse.]
     1. To comb or card, as wool or flax. "Teasing matted wool."
        --Wordsworth.
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     2. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap;
        teasel.
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     3. (Anat.) To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with
        needles or similar instruments.
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     4. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy,
        disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and
        raillery; to plague. --Cowper.
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              He . . . suffered them to tease him into acts
              directly opposed to his strongest inclinations.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     Syn: To vex; harass: annoy; disturb; irritate; plague;
          torment; mortify; tantalize; chagrin.
  
     Usage: Tease, Vex. To tease is literally to pull or
            scratch, and implies a prolonged annoyance in respect
            to little things, which is often more irritating, and
            harder to bear, than severe pain. Vex meant originally
            to seize and bear away hither and thither, and hence,
            to disturb; as, to vex the ocean with storms. This
            sense of the term now rarely occurs; but vex is still
            a stronger word than tease, denoting the disturbance
            or anger created by minor provocations, losses,
            disappointments, etc. We are teased by the buzzing of
            a fly in our eyes; we are vexed by the carelessness or
            stupidity of our servants.
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                  Not by the force of carnal reason,
                  But indefatigable teasing.        --Hudibras.
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                  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.
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     Tease tenon (Joinery), a long tenon at the top of a post to
        receive two beams crossing each other one above the other.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  teasing
      adj 1: playfully vexing (especially by ridicule); "his face wore
             a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence
             Durrell [syn: mocking, teasing, quizzical]
      2: arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it; "her
         lazy teasing smile"
      3: 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" [syn: annoying,
         bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky,
         pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing,
         vexatious, vexing]
      n 1: the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously
           (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent
           annoyances; "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was
           gentle but persistent" [syn: tease, teasing, ribbing,
           tantalization]
      2: playful vexation; "the parody was just a form of teasing"
      3: the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb [syn:
         comb-out, teasing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  147 Moby Thesaurus words for "teasing":
     aggravating, alluring, annoying, appealing, appetizing, attractive,
     bantering, beguiling, bewitching, blandishing, blandishment,
     booing, bothering, bothersome, buttonholing, cajolement, cajolery,
     cajoling, captivating, catcalling, catching, chaffing, charismatic,
     charming, coaxing, come-hither, coquettish, demanding, derisive,
     derisory, disappointing, disturbing, dunning, enchanting, engaging,
     enravishing, enthralling, enticing, entrancing, exasperating,
     exciting, exotic, falling short, fascinating, fetching, fleering,
     flippant, flirtatious, fooling, galling, glamorous, grinning,
     harassing, hazing, hissing, hooting, hypnotic, importunate,
     importunateness, importune, importunity, insistent, interesting,
     intriguing, inviting, irking, irksome, irresistible, irritating,
     jeering, jesting, joking, jollying, joshing, kidding, leering,
     mesmeric, mocking, mouth-watering, nagging, panning, pesky,
     pestering, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, piquant,
     plaguesome, plaguey, plaguing, plying, prepossessing, pressing,
     pressure, provocative, provoking, provoquant, quizzical, ragging,
     railing, rallying, ravishing, razzing, ribbing, ridiculing,
     roasting, scoffing, second best, seducing, seductive, siren,
     sirenic, smart, smart-alecky, smart-ass, smirking, sneering,
     snickering, sniggering, snorting, spellbinding, spellful, taking,
     tantalizing, taunting, tempting, tickling, tiresome, titillating,
     titillative, tormenting, troublesome, troubling, twitting,
     unsatisfactory, urgency, urgent, urging, vexatious, vexing,
     wearisome, wheedling, winning, winsome, witching, worrisome,
     worrying
  
  

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