a suffix used to form cardinal numerals from 13 to 19.
This Word Of The Day Quiz Is Far From Thersitical
Have you mastered the meaning of phronesis? How about plethoric? Take the quiz on the words from the week of February 17 to 23 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
Origin of -teen
Middle English, Old English -tēne, combining form of ten; cognate with Dutch -tien, German -zehn
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for -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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012