- Archaic. suffering; grief.
- Obsolete. injury; harm.
Origin of teen1
- a teenager.
Origin of teen2
- 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.
Origin of teens
- a suffix used to form cardinal numerals from 13 to 19.
Origin of -teen
Examples from the Web for teen
The reigning queen of hip-hop treads the boards in her teen years.Nicki Minaj: High School Actress
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
December 30, 2014
Growing up as a teen in the 1960s, she had yearned to wear the same clothes her girlfriends wore.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
As a teen, she wowed in films like Donnie Darko and Saved!Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
If the ongoing Hollywood scandal were a teen thriller from the 90s.Sony Hack: The Movie
The Daily Beast Video
December 16, 2014
The cop shot and killed Graham, later saying the teen had reached for his waistband.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
Some had teen grazed by canister, but none seriously wounded.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)
When the girl reaches the teen age, the teacher must ask permission to call.The Girl in Her Teens
Six′teen, six and ten; Six′teenth, the sixth after the tenth.
Four′teen, four and ten; Four′teenth, four or the fourth after the tenth.
Little wonder the face of Teen was as cadaverous as the grave.The Guinea Stamp
Annie S. Swan
- informal another word for teenage
- obsolete affliction or woe
- ten: added to modified forms of the numbers 3 to 9 to form the numbers 13 to 19
- the years of a person's life between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive
- all the numbers that end in -teen
Word Origin and History for teen
"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."
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.