[ UK /tˈiːzɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˈtizɪŋ/ ]
  1. arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it
    her lazy teasing smile
  2. causing irritation or annoyance
    swarms of pestering gnats
    tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork
    aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport
    a pesky mosquito
    a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him
    it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong
    nettlesome paperwork
    a vexatious child
    found it galling to have to ask permission
    a plaguey newfangled safety catch
    an irritating delay
  3. playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
    his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air
  1. the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
  2. playful vexation
    the parody was just a form of teasing
  3. 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
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How To Use teasing In A Sentence

  • But it is worthwhile teasing this apart a little, unbinding the different aspects of rhetorics lumped together in one component and separating out the semiotic layering (i.e. the use of metaphor and metonym) stuck in with the second. On the Sublime
  • A stomach-teasing aroma of stewed food was in the air, and the thrumming of African bass guitar wafted through the open window.
  • Also, if Shilpa is subjected to more teasing from Jade's crew, she may well go postal and slash all the Celebrity Big Brother housemates' throats open with a breadknife. Big Brother Celebrity Hijack Betting Odds: Double Eviction, Emilia Out?
  • Now I, "says the saucy piece, teasing my lips with hers," have true lovers, because I delight to give pleasure as well as to take it - especially with my English bahadur. Flashman And The Mountain Of Light
  • Immediately Drake ran over to the group, thinking that the men were laughing and teasing her.
  • There is also hassling and teasing and good-natured joshing that to an adult looks like vicious bullying but to a child is something different.
  • She strummed for a while, glanced at Betsy with a teasing smile and began to sing. ROSES ARE FOR THE RICH
  • Laurie put the small box down on a flat rock and teasingly batted Gil's hand away as he knelt down and tried to reach inside for a sandwich.
  • He laughed at the looks directed his way for the teasing, then went upstairs.
  • And another thing too - when a malaise is as commonplace as 'street harassment/eve teasing' is, we become somewhat indifferent to it. Archive 2006-03-01
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