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[ teen ]
/ 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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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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