teasing

Definitions of teasing
  1. noun
    the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
    synonyms: ribbing, tantalization, tease
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    type of:
    harassment, molestation
    the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
  2. noun
    playful vexation
    “the parody was just a form of teasing
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    type of:
    caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp
    gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  3. adjective
    causing irritation or annoyance
    “a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him”
    synonyms: annoying, bothersome, galling, grating, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguey, plaguy, vexatious, vexing
    disagreeable
    not to your liking
  4. adjective
    playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
    synonyms: mocking, quizzical
    playful
    full of fun and high spirits
  5. adjective
    arousing sexual desire without intending to satisfy it
    “her lazy teasing smile”
    Synonyms:
    seductive
    tending to entice into a desired action or state
  6. noun
    the act of removing tangles from you hair with a comb
    synonyms: comb-out
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    type of:
    comb, combing
    the act of drawing a comb through hair
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