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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.
  • noun Grief; sorrow; trouble; ill fortune; harm.
  • noun Vexation; anger; hate.
  • 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.
  • To allot; bestow.
  • A corruption of teend for tind.

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

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

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

  • noun A teenager, a person between 13 and 19 years old.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To excite; to provoke; to vex; to afflict; to injure. - Piers Plowman
  • noun archaic Grief, sorrow; suffering.
  • 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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From Old English teónian, tnan ("to slander, vex"). See Etymology 2 above.

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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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See tine to shut

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