[noun] 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" Synonyms: teasing, ribbing
[verb] annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer" Synonyms: badger, pester, bug, beleaguer
[verb] harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie" Synonyms: razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride
[verb] to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them; "The advertisement is intended to tease the customers"; "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"
[verb] tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
[verb] raise the nap of (fabrics)
[verb] disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool" Synonyms: apart, loosen
[verb] separate the fibers of; "tease wool" Synonyms: card
[verb] mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
[verb] ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect Synonyms: fluff