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or tegg

  1. Animal Husbandry.
    1. a two-year-old sheep that has not been shorn.
    2. the wool shorn from such a sheep.
  2. Chiefly British. a two-year-old doe.
  3. British Dialect. a yearling sheep.
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Origin of teg

First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for teg

Historical Examples

  • Laura luxuriated in the waggon; Teg, less fortunate, trudged behind, begging as he went his food.

    Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II


  • Mrs. Tibs took in the girl, for she must have a drudge; Teg had a penny given him, and the door shut in his face.

  • Teg was ragged, and none would employ him; begging was so unprofitable there was no living by it.

  • Teg spat upon her threshold, and went, no one cared or knew whither.

British Dictionary definitions for teg


  1. a two-year-old sheep
  2. the fleece of a two-year-old sheep
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for teg


sheep in its second year, 1520s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish tacka "ewe").

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