teen


teen

noun

  1. Archaic. suffering; grief.
  2. Obsolete. injury; harm.

adjective

  1. teenage.

noun

  1. a teenager.

plural noun

  1. the numbers 13 through 19, especially in a progression, as the 13th through the 19th years of a lifetime or of a given or implied century.

  1. a suffix used to form cardinal numerals from 13 to 19.

adjective

  1. informal another word for teenage

noun

  1. obsolete affliction or woe

n combining form

  1. ten: added to modified forms of the numbers 3 to 9 to form the numbers 13 to 19

pl n

  1. the years of a person’s life between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive
  2. all the numbers that end in -teen

n.“teen-aged person,” 1818 (but rare before 20c.), from -teen. As an adjective meaning “of or for teen-agers,” from 1947. combining form meaning “ten more than,” from Old English -tene, -tiene, from Proto-Germanic *tekhuniz (cf. Old Saxon -tein, Dutch -tien, Old High German -zehan, German -zehn, Gothic -taihun), an inflected form of the root of ten; cognate with Latin -decim (cf. Italian -dici, Spanish -ce, French -ze). The combining form of ordinal numbers, -teenth, developed from Old English -teoða, -teoðe (West Saxon), teogoða (Anglian) “tenth.” n.1670s (plural), “teen-age years of a person,” formed from -teen taken as a separate word. As “decade of years comprising numbers ending in -teen,” from 1889.

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