or teen·aged



of, relating to, or characteristic of a teenager.

Origin of teenage

1920–25; teen (see teens) + age
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Examples from the Web for teen-aged

Historical Examples of teen-aged

  • The teen-aged boys, after work in the fields, wrestled and boxed, not always in fun.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • The teen-aged girls, who helped their mothers as little as possible, watched the boys and giggled.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • Rick, a teen-aged version of his long-legged, athletic father, was consumed with curiosity.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Since the able-bodied men of Northumberland were away on the battlefields, this group was composed of teen-aged boys and old men.

    The Stronghold

    Miriam Haynie

British Dictionary definitions for teen-aged


adjective Also: teenaged

(prenominal) of or relating to the time in a person's life between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive


this period of time
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Word Origin and History for teen-aged



also teen age, teen-age; 1911, formed from -teen as a separate word + age (n.). Originally in reference to Sunday School classes. Teen-aged (adj.) is from 1922.

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