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[teen-ey-jer] /ˈtinˌeɪ dʒər/
a person in his or her teens.
1935-40; teenage + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • teenagers are insecure about their rank so they're always trying to prove it.
  • Still, persuading faculty members to donate their time to the oft-draining task of wooing teenagers isn't always easy.
  • As with teenagers everywhere, no one really knows where they go.
  • With the decision-making areas of their brains still developing, teenagers show poor judgment in risky situations.
  • Also, as the author mentioned, the teenagers are connected to their friends over these social networking websites.
  • The teenagers would be cut off from their friends without these websites.
  • Elderly visitors who drink the spring's sulfur-smelling water don't turn into teenagers.
  • Most games are for teenagers and adults, but they always have something appropriate for little tykes as well.
  • However, trying to get some teenagers to use their brains is challenging at times.
  • Re flamers: the beauty of having teenagers is that it has taught me to be selectively deaf and to pick my battles.
British Dictionary definitions for teenagers


a person between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for teenagers



also teen ager, teen-ager; derived noun from teenage (q.v.), 1922. The earlier word for this was teener, attested in American English from 1894, and teen had been used as a noun to mean "teen-aged person" in 1818, though this was not common before 20c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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