What does TEEN mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adolescent, stripling, teenager, teenadjective

    a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity

  2. adolescent, teen, teenage, teenagedadjective

    being of the age 13 through 19

    "teenage mothers"; "the teen years"


  1. teennoun

    A teenager, a person between 13 and 19 years old.

  2. teennoun

    Grief, sorrow; suffering.

  3. teenverb

    To excite; to provoke; to vex; to afflict; to injure. - Piers Plowman

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Teennoun

    Sorrow; grief.

    Etymology: tinan , Saxon, to kindle; tenen, Flemish, to vex; teonan , Saxon, injuries.

    Arrived there
    That barehead knight, for dread and doleful teen
    Would fain have fled, ne durst approachen near. Fa. Qu.

    Fry not in heartless grief and doleful teen. Edmund Spenser.

    My heart bleeds
    To think o’ th’ teene that I have turn’d you to. William Shakespeare.

    Eighty odd years of sorrow have I seen,
    And each hour’s joy wreck’d with a week of teen. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Teenverb

    To excite; to provoke to do a thing. Edmund Spenser

    Etymology: from tinan , to kindle, Saxon.


  1. Teen

    Adolescence (from Latin adolescere 'to mature') is a transitional stage of physical and psychological development that generally occurs during the period from puberty to adulthood (typically corresponding to the age of majority). Adolescence is usually associated with the teenage years, but its physical, psychological or cultural expressions may begin earlier and end later. Puberty now typically begins during preadolescence, particularly in females. Physical growth (particularly in males) and cognitive development can extend past the teens. Age provides only a rough marker of adolescence, and scholars have not agreed upon a precise definition. Some definitions start as early as 10 and end as late as 25 or 26. The World Health Organization definition officially designates an adolescent as someone between the ages of 10 and 19.


  1. teen

    A teen refers to a person who is between 13 and 19 years old. The word comes from the end of the numbers in that range, as each number in this range ends in 'teen'. Being a teen is typically associated with adolescence, which is the transitional stage of physical and psychological development between childhood and adulthood.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Teennoun

    grief; sorrow; affiction; pain

  2. Teennoun

    to excite; to provoke; to vex; to affict; to injure

  3. Teenverb

    to hedge or fence in; to inclose

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Teen

    tēn, n. (arch.) grief, affliction, injury. [A.S. teóna, reproach, injury.]

  2. Teen

    tēn, v.t. (Spens.) to excite, provoke. [A.S. týnan, to irritate, vex.]

  3. Teen

    tēn, v.t. (Spens.) to allot, bestow.

Editors Contribution

  1. teen

    Your mark of age forming the names of numerals from 13 to 19. 1.) of relating to a teenager.

    I can sense that I would soon become a man after my teen years.

    Etymology: Young male or female

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 23, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TEEN in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TEEN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of TEEN in a Sentence

  1. Molly Ringwald:

    [The John Hughes movies] were really unique and really fun and he basically got that whole teen 'thing' in a way that nobody has gotten since, except for a movie that I really love that I think is the inheritance of John Hughes, to my mind, I think 'Eighth Grade' completely gets it. Elsie Fisher's performance is incredible. I think what it really shares with the John Hughes films is the fact that it's really funny and yet it's really moving.

  2. Michael Geer:

    A review of his broadcasts suggests Dr. Oz has used his show to promote transgender ideology, including things like mastectomies on healthy teen girls and using pharmaceutical drugs to prevent puberty on healthy children, such actions permanently alter healthy bodies, can result in irreversable sterilization, and lead to more suicidal ideation, not less, as studies have shown.

  3. Tricia Ferrara:

    Events like this sometimes defy language, and a teen may struggle to discuss. However, remain open for these emerging adults. They need to know that they matter and that the world's complexity is in dire need of their taking the time to think about and understand what it means to be global citizens.

  4. Greg Fischer:

    And a teen that should be at school today will not be there, and will never be there again.

  5. Sophia Laurent Abraham:

    There have been some dark, vulgar things that have come out of their mouths and I have no idea why when they're watching re-runs of ‘Teen Mom’ they say these things.

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