Cock tease

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Cock tease (sometimes cock-tease or cocktease or also prick-tease) is derisive sexual slang used to describe a person who flirts and seduces men without engaging in sexual activity. The term has been in use in the United Kingdom and the United States since the 19th century.[1]

The phrase is also used metaphorically, as an allusion to any similarly frustrating teasing done by someone else irrespective of whether it is sexual or not.

Uses in media[edit]

The term has been widely used in popular culture.

Literal sense[edit]


  • "This film will come off as one extended cock-tease, never giving them the very thing trailers made them think they'd be getting." (Review of The Ringer)[2]
  • "The Bird Flu Is a Cock-Tease" and "UPDATE: Bird Flu Still a Cock-Tease!" (essays on avian flu, using cock as a double entendre meaning male bird and penis)[3][4]


  • The unrated DVD version of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story includes scenes cut from the theatrical release of the title character in a brief late-1970s marriage to Cheryl Tiegs, playing herself with the name "Cheryl Cox-Tiegs".

See also[edit]

Strip tease


  1. ^ Spears, RA. Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Racial Slurs, Drug Talk, Homosexual Lingo, and Related Matters. Signet Book; Reissue edition (September 1991). ISBN 0-451-16554-3
  2. ^ The Badger Herald (University of Wisconsin–Madison).
  3. ^ Robinson, Bill (January 16, 2006). "The Bird Flu Is A Cock-Tease." Huffington Post
  4. ^ Robinson, Bill (April 10, 2006). "UPDATE: Bird Flu Still a Cock-Tease!" Huffington Post