1make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way:Brenda teased her father about the powerboat that he bought but seldom used [no object]:she was just teasing [with direct speech]:“Think you’re clever, don’t you?” she teased
tempt (someone) sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused.
2gently pull or comb (something tangled, especially wool or hair) into separate strands:she was teasing out the curls into her usual hairstyle
(tease something out) find something out from a mass of irrelevant information:a historian who tries to tease out the truth
chiefly North American comb (hair) in the reverse direction of its natural growth in order to make it appear fuller.
archaic comb (the surface of woven cloth) to raise a nap.
a person who makes fun of someone playfully or unkindly.
a person who tempts someone sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused.
[in singular] an act of making fun of or tempting someone:she couldn’t resist a gentle tease
Old Englishtǣsan (tease (sense 2 of the verb)); related to Dutch teezen and German dialect zeisen, also to teasel. Sense 1 is a development of the earlier and more serious 'irritate by annoying actions' (early 17th century), a figurative use of the word's original sense