Is there a word for that feeling when you're waiting in excitement for something to happen, but you're being teased with or denied it? It's a feeling of definite frustration but you're quite happy to sit with it as it's building up (good) tension and you know satisfaction will be greater as a result of waiting. Suggestions in other languages, not just English, welcome.

  • Anticipation would work if you take out the part about being teased/denied.
    – Hank
    Dec 22, 2016 at 14:23

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The word you're looking for may be tantalized or teased.


tantalize: Torment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable: ‘such ambitious questions have long tantalized the world's best thinkers’

tease: Tempt (someone) sexually with no intention of satisfying the desire aroused: ‘she had thrown herself at him and teased him’

More example sentences:

  • ‘Those behind the service claim it will let mobile users ‘flirt, tantalise and tease other mobile users by anonymous text messages’.’

  • ‘With his schoolboy hips and abs to die for, Mick Jagger still cavorts, teases, taunts and leers in exactly the manner you expect him to.’

  • ‘His voice had all of it's previous teasing sexuality gone, only remained the voice of a dangerous man.’

  • ‘Inside the pearly white gates of the heaven in another world, promiscuous women teased men and had many boy friends at the same time.’

  • ‘When she woke up I kissed and teased her.’

  • ‘Sure, Crudup's teasing sexuality during the first act is entertaining, but it's his desperation and her uncertainty that makes the rest of the film so enjoyable.’

  • ‘Again, she kissed him, to tease him into state of fiery desire.’

  • ‘Once, he teased me in class by doing sexual gestures and whatnot.’

  • tantalized it is! +1; good to see you in the 10k club! Dec 22, 2016 at 15:52
  • @alwayslearning Season's greetings! Thank you. Glad to be in your company. Dec 22, 2016 at 15:56
  • I'm wanting to say something along the lines of "You leave me [delightfully frustrated]," or "You have me feeling [that way] once again." As much as I agree with your suggestion of tantalising I'm not sure how I would use it in those contexts... Dec 22, 2016 at 17:50
  • @VickyAldridge How about titillated? Titillate: arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement, especially through sexually suggestive images or words (OD). Dec 22, 2016 at 21:52

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