Definition of teenage in English:



  • 1attributive Denoting a person between 13 and 19 years old.

    ‘a teenage girl’
    • ‘As a stepfather, I have first hand experience of mid and late teenage females.’
    • ‘TWO teenage girls who disappeared from home more than a fortnight ago have returned.’
    • ‘I could see why almost every teenage girl in America was steadily falling in love with him.’
    • ‘This desire to fit in, however, is no different for teenage girls than it is for teenage boys.’
    • ‘Police have called on parents to help them win the battle against teenage tearaways.’
    • ‘Recent figures revealed that teenage girls are now beating boys in their bad drinking habits.’
    • ‘Here teenage boys and girls who dropped out after primary school learn useful skills.’
    • ‘I got the bus home yesterday and had to put up with a loud conversation from a group of teenage girls at the back of the bus.’
    • ‘As many teenage girls as boys are now consuming alcohol figures have revealed.’
    • ‘"We can sit with girls and talk with them, " said one teenage boy.’
    • ‘Apparently lots of teenage boys and girls are using blogs and it is hard to spot the gender differences.’
    • ‘Police have issued an appeal for help after a mystery man approached a teenage girl.’
    • ‘It's a story about a teenage girl on a strange quest through a magical world.’
    • ‘He was only one teenage boy, and yet he took on several opponents at once.’
    • ‘As teenage boys we talked about girls a lot.’
    • ‘Police have appealed for information about two teenage girls who went missing last weekend.’
    • ‘I think it is a sad reflection on society that teenage girls can get pregnant.’
    • ‘Two teenage girls are helping to bring Christmas to homeless people in Bradford.’
    • ‘Some teenage girls walked around in tight white vests, hot pants and high heels.’
    • ‘The teenage girl driver told police she was on her mobile phone at the time of the crash.’
    adolescent, teenaged, youthful, young, juvenile
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or characteristic of teenagers.
      ‘teenage magazines’
      • ‘The cards will also be distributed with copies of popular teenage magazines such as Smash Hits.’
      • ‘The group is fresh out of high school and explores profound issues like teenage love.’
      • ‘She also sees a need for for young mums to lecture their friends on the problems of teenage pregnancy.’
      • ‘A report to the committee set out key elements of the teenage pregnancy strategy.’
      • ‘Prevention of unwanted teenage pregnancies is a high priority in many countries.’
      • ‘She had a passion for philosophy and the study of teenage angst and rebellion.’
      • ‘The reduction of teenage pregnancies was a target for the Health of the Nation.’
      • ‘Figures released earlier this year showed a fall in the number of teenage pregnancies in the city.’
      • ‘There is only one thing that leads to teenage pregnancy and that is teenage sex.’
      • ‘At the same time there is also an increase in the rate of teenage pregnancies as well.’
      • ‘It is targeted at teens and deals with complex teenage issues in a mature manner.’
      • ‘This is one reason why Britain has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe.’
      • ‘Anyone can make a mistake but figures show that many of these teenage pregnancies are not mistakes.’
      • ‘We have more lone parents and teenage pregnancies than anywhere else in western Europe.’
      • ‘Britain now has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe and the second highest in the world.’


1920s (originally in North America): from teen + age.