Synonyms of teasing


1. tease, teasing, ribbing, tantalization, harassment, molestation

usage: 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"

2. teasing, play, frolic, romp, gambol, caper

usage: playful vexation; "the parody was just a form of teasing"

3. comb-out, teasing, comb, combing

usage: the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb


1. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer, torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate

usage: annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

2. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride, mock, bemock

usage: 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"

3. tease, manipulate, keep in line, control

usage: 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"

4. tease, shred, tear up, rip up

usage: tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"

5. tease, change surface

usage: raise the nap of (fabrics)

6. tease, tease apart, loosen, disentangle, unsnarl, straighten out

usage: disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"

7. tease, card, separate

usage: separate the fibers of; "tease wool"

8. tease, ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make fun, poke fun

usage: mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"

9. tease, fluff, comb, comb out, disentangle

usage: ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect


1. mocking, teasing, quizzical, playful (vs. unplayful)

usage: playfully vexing (especially by ridicule); "his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell

2. teasing, seductive (vs. unseductive)

usage: arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it; "her lazy teasing smile"

3. annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing, disagreeable (vs. agreeable)

usage: causing irritation or annoyance; "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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