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

  • n. The numbers 13 through 19.
  • n. The 13th through 19th items in a series or scale, as years of a century or degrees of temperature.
  • n. A teenager.
  • adj. Teenage.
  • n. Archaic Misery; grief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Grief; sorrow; affiction; pain.
  • transitive v. To excite; to provoke; to vex; to affict; to injure.
  • transitive v. To hedge or fence in; to inclose.
  • n. a teenager.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Grief; sorrow; trouble; ill fortune; harm.
  • n. Vexation; anger; hate.
  • To grieve; afflict; reflexively, to be vexed.
  • To inclose; make a fence round.
  • A corruption of teend for tind.
  • To allot; bestow.
  • 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being of the age 13 through 19
  • n. a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity

Etymologies

Middle English tene, from Old English tēona.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from teenager. (Wiktionary)
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. (Wiktionary)
From Old English teónian, tnan ("to slander, vex"). See Etymology 2 above. (Wiktionary)
See tine to shut (Wiktionary)

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