contraction of between.


Also tween, tweeny. a youngster between 10 and 12 years of age, considered too old to be a child and too young to be a teenager.

Origin of 'tween

1250–1300; Middle English twene, aphetic variant of atwene (see a-1) or betwene between
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Historical Examples of tween

  • Dere didn't useter be no diff'ence 'tween us, and dere oughtn't to be none now.'

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • They're a rough lot some of them, and they don't distinguish 'tween you and Mr. Roden like as I do.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • I thowt 'ow 'twas agreed 'tween us I wor to tell the gentleman, bor?

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • However, he had curiosity enough to ask, "What upset things 'tween you 'n Ed?"

    Prairie Folks

    Hamlin Garland

  • I ain't sartin there ain't some redskins 'tween hyer and the clearing.

    Field and Forest

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for tween


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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tween

c.1300 as an abbreviation of between. As a noun meaning "child nearing puberty" (approximately ages 9 to 12), attested by 1988, in this case by influence of teen. Related: Tweens.

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