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teen

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/ tin /
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adjective
noun
a teenager.
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Origin of teen

1
First recorded in 1940–45; by shortening

Other definitions for teen (2 of 3)

teen2
[ teen ]
/ tin /

noun
Archaic. suffering; grief.
Obsolete. injury; harm.

Origin of teen

2
before 1000; Middle English tene,Old English tēona; cognate with Old Frisian tiona,Old Saxon tiono,Old Norse tjōn

Other definitions for teen (3 of 3)

-teen

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

Origin of -teen

Middle English, Old English -tēne, combining form of ten; cognate with Dutch -tien,German -zehn
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WORDS THAT USE -TEEN

What does -teen mean?

The suffixteen means “ten.” It is used to form cardinal numbers from 13 to 19.

The form –teen comes from Old English –tēne, meaning “ten.” The Latin cognate of –tēne is –decim, from decem, also meaning “ten.” Find out how dozen is related to the combining form –decim at our entry for the word.

Examples of -teen

An example of a word you may have likely encountered that features –teen is fourteen, “a cardinal number, ten plus four.”

As you may have guessed, four means “the cardinal number four (4).” The suffix –teen means “ten.” Fourteen literally means “four and ten.”

What are some words that use the combining form –teen?

What are some other forms that –teen may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that ends with the exact letters –teen, such as mangosteen or canteen, is necessarily using the combining form –teen to denote “ten.” Learn why canteen means “cafeteria” at our entry for the word.

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Given the meaning of –teen, what does seventeen literally mean?

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British Dictionary definitions for teen (1 of 3)

teen1
/ (tiːn) /

adjective
informal another word for teenage

British Dictionary definitions for teen (2 of 3)

teen2
/ (tiːn) /

noun
obsolete affliction or woe

Word Origin for teen

Old English tēona; related to Old Saxon tiono, Old Frisian tiona injury

British Dictionary definitions for teen (3 of 3)

-teen

n combining form
ten: added to modified forms of the numbers 3 to 9 to form the numbers 13 to 19

Derived forms of -teen

-teenth, adj combining form

Word Origin for -teen

Old English -tēne, -tӯne
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