In fact, it teasingly suggests that Vanderbilt's a real softie.
It's No 'Schmoopie' Barack teasingly calls Michelle “Flotus”—her official acronym (first lady of the United States).
Her husband, director of corporate wholesale for an automotive group, teasingly calls her crazy, but supports her fully.
They exchanged long hugs, kidded each other, teasingly pulled rank, and shouted “hooah,” the warrior expression of approval.
The Dukes of Hazzard were masters of button-popped shirts, teasingly open.
"He's a coward," said Bernard teasingly, alluding to the recreant Jim.
Yesterday she had teasingly boasted to Katherine that Austin was in love with her.
He had seen her in moods that varied from feminine pettishness to the teasingly mischievous.
But I chose to take it otherwise, teasingly, because we were often like a pair of children.
teasingly the man inquired, "Doesn't your husband trust you with the combination?"
Old English tæsan "pluck, pull apart" (fibers of wool, flax, etc.), from West Germanic *taisijanan (cf. Danish tæse, Middle Dutch tesen, Dutch tezen "to draw, pull, scratch," Old High German zeisan "to tease, pick wool").
The original sense is of running thorns through wool or flax to separate, shred, or card the fibers. The figurative sense of "vex, worry, annoy" emerged 1610s. For similar sense development, see heckle. Hairdressing sense is recorded from 1957.
"one who teases," 1852, from tease (v.). Specifically as short for cock-teaser, it was in use by 1976.
v. teased, teas·ing, teas·es
To separate the structural parts of a tissue, as with a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopic examination.