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  • verb transitive, obsolete To irritate; grill; vex; annoy.

Etymologies

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From Middle English atenen, ateonen, from Old English *ātēonian, *ātȳnan, *ātīenan, from a- + tēonian ("to injure, irritate, slander"), and tȳnan, tīenan ("to irritate, vex, trouble, insult, revile"), equivalent to a- +‎ teen.

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