From some sources, I know that teasing has multiple meanings and uses. In human interactions, teasing comes in three major forms, playful, hurtful, and educative.

I'd like to know which is the opposite of this word when used in the context of something as in:

  • A girl I like teases me.
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    Can you describe what the opposite of teasing means to you? Not every action has a direct opposite. What's the opposite of "A girl I like eats cake."? – ColleenV Jan 6 '16 at 20:22
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    @Peter But that is not the same sentence as the original, anyway - "A girl I like teases me" and "A girl likes to tease me" - they mean different things. In the first version, the sentence includes the fact that the speaker likes the girl... the second sentence removes that piece of information and, instead, implies that the girl enjoys teasing the speaker... which was not implied in the first sentence. It's great when you try to clean up grammar and spelling but those clean ups should never include sample sentences. – Catija Jan 6 '16 at 21:39
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    @Peter - looks like it's from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teasing – ColleenV Jan 6 '16 at 21:58
  • @ColleenV Thanks for the source, would not have thought to look there. Interesting that it says educative teasing (in tales instead of actions) is different in indigenous American vs Western children. It would seem to me that The Boy Who Cried Wolf would also fall into the **teasing**(example) category, or maybe I'm missing something – Peter Jan 6 '16 at 22:20
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    Many words have antonyms that go in different directions. For example, the obvious antonym for the word hot is cold, but the word hot has other uses and meanings besides temperature. Hot can mean contentious or divisive, for example, so the "opposite" of a hot issue could be a unifying issue. To help you find an opposite word for teasing in your sentence, we need to know more about how she is teasing you: playfully, hurtfully, or educationally? – J.R. Jan 7 '16 at 9:40

Teasing is indeed a form of interaction, sometimes involving tickling If a girl is teasing you it usually means she likes you. As far as I know, teasing does not have an exact opposite, however


would all be opposites in action of teasing though not specific to teasing, in the same way

tickling <> not touching

are opposites, though not touching could also be used as an opposite for many other forms of touch

A clear example of the opposite of teasing is an often used admonishment by parents

Child: Daddy, William is teasing me!

Parent: William! Stop teasing Emma and leave her alone!
Parent: William! Stop teasing Emma and be nice!

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  • I always thought, if X teases a boy, it means X harms a boy that makes the boy feel sad! for example, a boy who has received flippant remarks from the other students. – Cardinal Jan 6 '16 at 21:25
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    Indeed, it can make the boy feel sad (or anyone who is being teased), however the question is what the underlying intent is, many times it is just a way the teaser is trying to get attention from the teasee, usually amongst children – Peter Jan 6 '16 at 21:28
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    @Cardinal - There's cruel teasing, which can be humiliating, as you describe, but there is also playful teasing, which is generally good-natured, It's designed to make the other person laugh rather than feel sad. – J.R. Jan 7 '16 at 9:28
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    @Cardinal playful teasing between the sexes can be a form of flirting, too. – Peter Jan 7 '16 at 9:38

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