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teens

[teenz] /tinz/
plural noun
1.
the numbers 13 through 19, especially in a progression, as the 13th through the 19th years of a lifetime or of a given or implied century.
Origin of teens
1595-1605
1595-1605; teen (extracted from numbers with -teen as final element) + -s3

teen1

[teen] /tin/
noun
1.
Archaic. suffering; grief.
2.
Obsolete. injury; harm.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English tene, Old English tēona; cognate with Old Frisian tiona, Old Saxon tiono, Old Norse tjōn

teen2

[teen] /tin/
adjective
1.
noun
2.
a teenager.
Origin
1940-45; by shortening
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  • After Abe had reached the estate of manhood, she was still in her 'teens.

  • They had ventured to apple parings together when not yet out of their 'teens.

  • The letters were all about all the dreadful things done by girls in their teens.

    Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Her vanity remained, even to old age, the vanity of a coquette in her teens.

    History of the English People John Richard Green
  • A few years later Giovanni Bellini, then a boy newly in his teens, would seem to have fallen under a very similar influence.

    Bellini George Hay
British Dictionary definitions for teens

teens

/tiːnz/
plural noun
1.
the years of a person's life between the ages of 13 and 19 inclusive
2.
all the numbers that end in -teen

teen1

/tiːn/
adjective
1.
(informal) another word for teenage

teen2

/tiːn/
noun
1.
(obsolete) affliction or woe
Word Origin
Old English tēona; related to Old Saxon tiono, Old Frisian tiona injury
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Word Origin and History for teens
n.

1670s (plural), "teen-age years of a person," formed from -teen taken as a separate word. As "decade of years comprising numbers ending in -teen," from 1889.

teen

n.

"teen-aged person," 1818 (but rare before 20c.), from -teen. As an adjective meaning "of or for teen-agers," from 1947.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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