teenager

[teen-ey-jer]

noun

a person in his or her teens.

Nearby words

  1. teemingly,
  2. teen,
  3. teena,
  4. teenage,
  5. teenaged,
  6. teener,
  7. teens,
  8. teensy,
  9. teensy-weensy,
  10. teenter

Origin of teenager

First recorded in 1935–40; teenage + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for teenager

teenager

noun

a person between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive
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Word Origin and History for teenager

teenager

n.

also teen ager, teen-ager; derived noun from teenage (q.v.), 1922. The earlier word for this was teener, attested in American English from 1894, and teen had been used as a noun to mean "teen-aged person" in 1818, though this was not common before 20c.

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