- 1[intransitive, transitive] tease (somebody) tease (somebody) + speech to laugh at someone and make jokes about them, either in a friendly way or in order to annoy or embarrass them Don't get upset—I was only teasing. I used to get teased about my name.
- 2 [transitive] tease something to annoy an animal, especially by touching it, pulling its tail, etc.
- 3[transitive] tease something (+ adv./prep.) to pull something gently apart into separate pieces to tease wool into strands
- 4 [transitive] tease something to comb your hair in the opposite direction to the way it grows so that it looks thicker Phrasal Verbstease somethingout
NAmE//tiz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tease
he / she / it teases
past simple teased
-ing form teasing