teasing

noun
1. the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances (Freq. 1)
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he ignored their teases

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his ribbing was gentle but persistent

Syn: ↑tease, ↑ribbing, ↑tantalization
Derivationally related forms: ↑tantalize (for: ↑tantalization), ↑rib (for: ↑ribbing), ↑tease, ↑tease (for: ↑tease)
Hypernyms: ↑harassment, ↑molestation
2. playful vexation
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the parody was just a form of teasing

Hypernyms: ↑play, ↑frolic, ↑romp, ↑gambol, ↑caper
3. the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
Syn: ↑comb-out
Derivationally related forms: ↑tease, ↑comb out (for: ↑comb-out)
Hypernyms: ↑comb, ↑combing
adjective
1. causing irritation or annoyance
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tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork

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aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport

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found it galling to have to ask permission

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an irritating delay

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nettlesome paperwork

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a pesky mosquito

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swarms of pestering gnats

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a plaguey newfangled safety catch

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a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him

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a vexatious child

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it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong

Syn:
Similar to: ↑disagreeable
Derivationally related forms: ↑plague (for: ↑plaguey), ↑plague (for: ↑plaguy)
2. playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
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"his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell

Syn: ↑mocking, ↑quizzical
Similar to: ↑playful
3. arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it
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her lazy teasing smile

Similar to: ↑seductive

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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