TEASE: use two "X" hands. Put the dominant hand on top of the
non-dominant hand. Slide the top hand forward twice. Keep the bottom
hand still (it doesn't move). Remember to use a double movement. This
sign can mean either the noun (joke) or the verb (joking / teasing).
If you see J-O-K-E fingerspelled it means the noun "joke."
Also see: JOKE
TEASING / kidding / joking / joke (depends on context)
Here is a side view of the "end" position of the sign "tease."
Here is a side version of the sign TEASE: Notice how in his picture
it is good natured teasing. (See the facial expression). Use a double
Note: Someone asked me how to sign "Just joking."
You could use the sign "tease" to mean you were / are "just joking.
Another thing you could do would be to spell the letters JK to mean "just
Also see: RUIN / SPOIL:
If you do the movement of JOKE one time with an exaggerated twist at the end it
can turn the meaning into "ruin" or "spoiled."
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