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verb (used with object), ted·ded, ted·ding.
  1. to spread out for drying, as newly mown hay.
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Origin of ted

1400–50; late Middle English tedde; cognate with Old Norse tethja to manure, Old High German zettan to spread, Greek dateîsthai to divide
Related formsun·ted·ded, adjective
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  • The heavier the crop and the less drying the weather, the more the tedding that should be given.

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British Dictionary definitions for tedding


verb teds, tedding or tedded
  1. to shake out and loosen (hay), so as to dry it
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Word Origin

C15: from Old Norse tethja; related to tad dung, Old High German zetten to spread


  1. informal short for teddy boy
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Word Origin and History for tedding



"to spread," 15c., probably from an unrecorded Old English *teddan, related to Old Norse teðja.

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