Translation of tease in Spanish:


tomarle el pelo a, v.

Pronunciation /tiz/ /tiːz/

transitive verb

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    • 1.1(make fun of)

      (person) tomarle el pelo a informal
      (person) (cruelly) burlarse de
      (person) (cruelly) reírse de
      they tease me about my lisp se burlan / se ríen de mí a causa de mi ceceo
      • they're saying it to tease you lo dicen por tomarte el pelo
      • Michael laughed slightly, teasing the dog by tapping him on the side of his head, and then pulling his hand away before the dog could playfully bite him.
      • I know it's silly but I've grown used to my quiet little life, pottering about the house and garden, teasing the cats and tending the plants.
      • A visit to the city zoo was not considered complete unless one teased a monkey and made it snarl or got it to throw back the banana or nuts thrown at it.
      • Later, I watched from the sidelines as Spanish youths teased the bulls, using their shirts as capes.
      • It was quite orderly to begin with, as the feeder teased the sharks with the frozen bait.
      • Cats are also dangled from pieces of string to tease the fighting dogs.
      • ‘Oh poor baby,’ Kyle mocked, waving his hand idiotically in attempt to tease me.
      • Apparently realizing the folly of her ways, she declined to press charges, saying it was her fault for teasing the hungry elephant.
      • Then I told him to stop teasing my dog and he asked me if I wanted to fight.
      • She stops to rescue a cat being teased by a couple of ruffians.
      • Yeah, it can even be the same red that matadors use to tease the bull to charge.
      • The younger girl wondered if Sanura was baiting her, teasing her like she always did, or if she knew what she was really saying to Kira.
      • It seemed to be teasing her, laughing at her, and she resented it.
      • As the neon sign flashes on and off outside, Chris begins to hear the disembodied voices of Kitty and Johnnie teasing him, taunting him, and accusing him.
      • Suddenly I felt guilt, I knew I had also upset him by teasing him about Josh.
      • Not only that, every time they're able to score a point they start taunting and teasing us, and they were good at it.
      • Kyle had blushed and they spend forever laughing and teasing him about it.
      • Immediately Drake ran over to the group, thinking that the men were laughing and teasing her.
      • The staff were wonderful, friendly, approachable, the porters made me laugh and were teasing me lots on the way to the theatre.
      • Josh would be teasing him for the rest of the week if he did.
      • Those behind the service claim it will let mobile users ‘flirt, tantalise and tease other mobile users by anonymous text messages’.
      • When she woke up I kissed and teased her.
      • Again, she kissed him, to tease him into state of fiery desire.
      • Sure, Crudup's teasing sexuality during the first act is entertaining, but it's his desperation and her uncertainty that makes the rest of the film so enjoyable.
      • His voice had all of it's previous teasing sexuality gone, only remained the voice of a dangerous man.
      • Once, he teased me in class by doing sexual gestures and whatnot.
      • Inside the pearly white gates of the heaven in another world, promiscuous women teased men and had many boy friends at the same time.
      • With his schoolboy hips and abs to die for, Mick Jagger still cavorts, teases, taunts and leers in exactly the manner you expect him to.

    • 1.2(annoy)

      hacer rabiar
      he teased her by echoing everything she said repetía todo lo que (ella) decía para hacerla rabiar / para fastidiarla

    • 1.3(torment)


    • 1.4(tantalize sexually)


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    • 2.1

      (wool/flax/fabric) cardar
      • Chris teased the last few tangles out of his hair.
      • His gray-green eyes sparkled with laughter and mirth, as he slung an arm around Jess, his hand teasing her hair affectionately.
      • But, however one teases out the strands, the rug remains resolutely tangled.
      • Blethyn teases a curl of her hair pensively when I ask her if she thinks she is a good actor.
      • Instead, use a sterile needle or forceps to gently tease out and unfold the hair.
      • Insert a stake if necessary and set the plant in position, teasing out tangled roots.
      • I put my hands on the cool stone and let the gentle breeze tease my hair away from my face.
      • A fuller of cloth is one who prepares cloth, teasing and thickening it.

    • 2.2

      (hair) cardar US
      (hair) batir US
      (hair) hacerse crepé Mexico, US
      (hair) crepar Spain, US
      (hair) escarmenar Chile, US
      • I replied, undoing my ponytail and teasing my hair to make it look a bit better.
      • Her short blonde hair was teased into a bouffant style, but her eyes were hidden by an elegant scarlet mask.
      • Her hair was teased in a messy bun on the top of her head.
      • Men started to sport tight black leather pants and teasing their hair to incredible sizes.
      • Her hair was teased the way they did it about ten years ago.
      • He then threw on some clothes and teased his hair up to its proper height.
      • She had convinced me to leave my hair down, teasing it so it seemed much too big for a human being.
      • She teased her long brown hair and put blue eyeliner under her sky blue eyes.
      • She then teased this section and smoothed it back to meet the ponytail.
      • And then it brought me my hairbrush and sat on my shoulder teasing my long brown hair.
      • Lightly tease a section of hair on top, and brush sides into a ponytail.
      • Put on a skinny headband, then tease the back of the hair with pomade or hair spray.
      • The womanly power revered in primitive societies was within me, as I teased my hair and pulled up the starched petticoats of the late fifties.
      • You spent a lot of time flicking and teasing your hair with an Afro comb at lunch time, or during class or after class.
      • The staff, comprised of cute young things of both sexes, wore custom-designed Buonanotte T-shirts by Yso and the girls' hair was teased and crimped to the nth degree.
      • They're probably too busy flossing, teasing their hair and singing along to Judy Garland records to be bothered.
      • For a messy look, tease the hair on the crown of your head, adding height.
      • After shaping the spirals, he teased them with a comb for height and fullness.
      • Blonde hair that was teased and curled and laced with gems and chains served as a massive crown for this overbearing woman.
      • Willy Russell's hit comedy about a hairdresser who decides there is more to life than bleaching roots and teasing frizzy perms.

intransitive verb

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    don't take any notice, he's only teasing no le hagas caso, te está tomando el pelo informal


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    bromista masculine, feminine
    leave her alone, don't be a tease déjala en paz y no la fastidies
    • she's a real tease es muy bromista
    • You ask a lot of him in this role - drag, love scenes with men - and he's presented as a sex object and a tease for other men.
    • This woman is obviously a flirt and a tease who is looking to get into trouble.
    • No one wants to be labeled immediately as the cad, the slut, or the tease; no one wants to be taken advantage of or be seen as an opportunist.
    • She has always been a flirt from the first day I met her and just because she was a little older, doesn't mean she has forgotten how much fun being a flirty tease can be.
    • She was exactly how he remembered her, how every man who grew up in the Glen remembered her: a flirt and a tease with a body to back up her confidence.
    • I told him I thought Jessica was a tease and that he should drop her, to which he replied that he was planning on it.
    • I let her know she was an incredible tease.
    • You think she's a tease.
    • Tsarina is a big tease with the guys.
    • Clearly, she's a tease, a tramp and completely selfish.
    • This evening of superb company acting has knockout performances from Eamon Morrissey and from Sarah-Jane Drummey, a luscious tease who kicks up her heels and bum like a kid goat.
    • Choreographers, especially, play fast and loose with the original, usually reducing the Don to a peripheral figure in a simple little love story about a barber and a village tease.
    • It is guest-written by Elsie, companion to the Doctor and a big tease.
    • You're sweet, kind, and love to be a tease at times.
    • How should I balance enjoying the moment and being a tease?
    • Either she was blissfully innocent of being a tease or she knew what sort of effect that was likely to provoke.
    • Many girls, which I have learnt over the years are a complete tease, complete show offs and most of all just seem to want our money.
    • But as a filmmaker, Meyer was more of a tease than the women who starred in his films.
    • I wasn't trying to be a tease: I simply realized I wasn't comfortable going all the way with him.
    • It's just that Ozon is a great tease!
    • Being an awful tease, I posted something there recently under the heading ‘The neocons were right!’
    • He's a bit of a tease, too, notes another nurse nearby.
    • Being a terrible tease from way back, however, I deliberately posted here recently another quotation from Lott.
    • Either Drudge is a tease, or I'm just too-outcast hip for my own good sometimes.
    • Sorry to be such a tease, but you can't predict the future.
    • He was an awkward kind of fabulist, a tease who directed his subtle ironies as much at his readers as at his cats and foxes.
    • ‘Commander Blair is such a tease,’ Kyle said as he checked the Peacemaker's weapon systems.
    • Ahhhhh, I love the idea of teasing Mr B. I am such a tease and I love it.
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    (sth that teases)
    they said/did it for a tease lo dijeron/hicieron en broma / para fastidiar