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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Misery; grief.
  • noun The numbers 10 through 19 or 13 through 19.
  • noun The 10th through 19th items, in a series or scale.
  • noun The 13th through 19th years of a person or animal's life.
  • noun A teenager.
  • adjective Teenage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To grieve; afflict; reflexively, to be vexed.
  • To inclose; make a fence round.
  • To allot; bestow.
  • noun Grief; sorrow; trouble; ill fortune; harm.
  • noun Vexation; anger; hate.
  • A corruption of teend for tind.
  • A suffix used in the cardinal numerals from thirteen to nineteen, meaning ‘ten,’ and expressing in these numerals ten more than the amount indicated by the initial element.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic Grief; sorrow; affiction; pain.
  • transitive verb obsolete To excite; to provoke; to vex; to affict; to injure.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To hedge or fence in; to inclose.
  • noun a teenager.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A teenager, a person between 13 and 19 years old.
  • noun archaic Grief, sorrow; suffering.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To excite; to provoke; to vex; to afflict; to injure. - Piers Plowman
  • verb transitive, obsolete, provincial To hedge or fence in; to enclose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being of the age 13 through 19
  • noun a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity

Etymologies

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

[Middle English tene, from Old English tēona.]

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Back-formation from teenager.

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Middle English tene, from Old English teōna ("reproach, wrong"), from teōn ("to accuse"); akin to German zeihen, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍄𐌴𐌹𐌷𐌰𐌽 (gateihan, "to tell, announce"), Latin dīcere ("to say"). See token.

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From Old English teónian, tnan ("to slander, vex"). See Etymology 2 above.

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See tine to shut

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