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teasing - Dictionary definition and meaning for word teasing

(noun) the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
Synonyms : ribbing , tantalization , tease
Example Sentence
  • he ignored their teases
  • his ribbing was gentle but persistent

(noun) playful vexation
Example Sentence
  • the parody was just a form of teasing

(noun) the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
Synonyms : comb-out

(adj) playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
Synonyms : mocking , quizzical
Example Sentence
  • his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air

(adj) arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it
Example Sentence
  • her lazy teasing smile

(adj) causing irritation or annoyance
Example Sentence
  • 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

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