1 informal a person who makes fun of someone playfully or unkindly: some think of him as a tease who likes to keep others guessing a person who tempts someone sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused: she was a tease—she would lead a man on, then turn cold
2 [in singular] an act of teasing someone:she couldn’t resist a gentle tease 1make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way:I used to tease her about being so house-proud [no object]:she was just teasing (as adjective teasing)teasing comments tempt (someone) sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused: she had thrown herself at him and teased him
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] gently pull or comb (tangled wool, hair, etc.) 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 backcomb (hair) in order to make it appear fuller: her hair is teased into spikes (as adjective teased)her teased bottle-blonde hair
archaic comb (the surface of woven cloth) to raise a nap.