EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEASE

Hubertine shrugged her shoulders, and concluded the best thing for her to do was to tease her.

"Be careful, my dear," said Hubertine, continuing to tease her.

The other boys did attempt it, however, simply to tease and annoy the fiery Corsican.

You must not tease Mr. Maltravers so; Mr. Maltravers has too much to do to come to us.

Then, with infinite patience, you may be able to tease the flame.

He was still a little suspicious of his chum's propensity to tease.

Tease a thrush, or even a lark, and you will soon be convinced.

This set the boys a-laughing, and they began to pull him about and tease him.

This became plain to everybody, even Maria, but did not prevent her beginning to tease.

How sorry I am, dearest Fifine, to tease you with all this, but I cannot help it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English tæsan "pluck, pull apart" (fibers of wool, flax, etc.), from West Germanic *taisijanan (cf. Danish tæse, Middle Dutch tesen, Dutch tezen "to draw, pull, scratch," Old High German zeisan "to tease, pick wool").

The original sense is of running thorns through wool or flax to separate, shred, or card the fibers. The figurative sense of "vex, worry, annoy" emerged 1610s. For similar sense development, see heckle. Hairdressing sense is recorded from 1957.

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