Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A child between middle childhood and adolesence, usually between 8 and 12 years old.

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  • n. A number in the twenties, or from 23 to 32.
  • n. A person who is neither a young child nor an adolescent, one of an age in the range of 8 to 12 years old or a similar range.
  • n. A person who is in his or her twenties.
  • v. To generate intermediate frames in an animated sequence so as to give the appearance of smooth movement

Etymologies

Blend of teen1 and between.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I knew what the term tween was, but when people say that, what are they really getting at?

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  • And if you use the word 'tween,' I'm going to puke.

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  • They as "one" are now what I call tween ... or time's now new center of wisdom's two emotional intelligences.

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  • Her books are nothing but contrived morality tales, instilling in tween girls the ideas that their “one true love” will have a treacherous relationship with them, and if they give in to “temptation” Bella will die.

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  • Its a touchy subject because you can't group every tween as not responsable and you cant say that every tween is responsable.

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  • FYI the word tween makes me sick, which perhaps someday I'll explain why.

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  • However, over the past 250 years or so, prescriptive grammarians have privileged the etymology of the word tween - 'two', though often failing to live up to their own prescriptions.

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  • I think I'd hardly get off with a whole skin 'tween the one and t'other.

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  • (link) Ugh, from a retail perspective the word "tween" is used to classify sometimes grossly misguided attempts to market to that age group.

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  • Originally scheduled to run for just one week, the "tween" - oriented Hannah Montana film was extended by theater owners because of overwhelming popularity -- sidelining Bono & Co. until Feb. 22 in most markets.

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