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tease [intransitive, transitive] tease (somebody) | tease (somebody) + speech to laugh at somebody 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.


A child often sticks out his/her tongue to others to look down on them. See the picture

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What is that action called: "He is teasing me"?

  • "He's sticking out his tongue at me"! Teasing usually involves speech, and that child looks too young to talk much (perhaps even too young to be putting out his tongue with intent to be rude). – Kate Bunting Jan 14 at 10:11
  • @KateBunting, it is just a picture for depicting the action. Just see him as a toddler. – Tom Jan 14 at 11:52
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    (Picture now changed from a baby to a toddler.) We just call it sticking/putting out the tongue see this definition . In a young child it's just cheeky, in an older person a rather childish form of rudeness or defiance. – Kate Bunting Jan 14 at 12:44
  • @KateBunting, that is what I am looking for. – Tom Jan 14 at 12:47
  • Poking out your tongue in this way can sometimes be a way of “teasing” someone (provoking or gently annoying them) especially if repeated, but when native speakers see this picture “teasing” is not the first thing we think of, as Kate Bunting suggests. – Orbital Aussie Jan 14 at 21:33

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