Teen vs Youth - What's the difference?

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Teen is a synonym of youth.

As nouns the difference between teen and youth

is that teen is a teenager, a person between 13 and 19 years old or teen can be (archaic) grief, sorrow; suffering while youth is (uncountable) the quality or state of being young.

As a verb teen

is (obsolete) to excite; to provoke; to vex; to afflict; to injure - piers plowman or teen can be (transitive|obsolete|provincial) to hedge or fence in; to enclose.



Etymology 1


(en noun)
  • A teenager, a person between 13 and 19 years old.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . See (token).


    (en noun)
  • (label) Grief, sorrow; suffering.
  • *, III.5:
  • *:In which the birds song many a lovely lay / Of Gods high praise, and of their loves sweet teene , / As it an earthly Paradize had beene.
  • *1600 , (Edward Fairfax), The (Jerusalem Delivered) of (w), X, xxv:
  • *:The Soldan changed hue for grief and teen , / On that sad book his shame and loss he lear'd.''
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  • *:MIRANDA: O! my heart bleeds / To think o' th' teen that I have turn'd you to, / Which is from my remembrance.
  • *1866 , (Algernon Swinburne), :
  • *:Your soul forgot her joys, forgot/Her times of teen ;/Yea, this life likewise will you not/Forget
  • *1867 , (Matthew Arnold), A Southern Night :
  • *:With public toil and private teen Thou sank'st alone.
  • *1874 , , (The City of Dreadful Night), XXI:
  • *:That City's sombre Patroness and Queen, / In bronze sublimity she gazes forth / Over her Capital of teen and threne
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) . See Etymology 2 above.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To excite; to provoke; to vex; to afflict; to injure.
  • (Piers Plowman)

    Etymology 4

    See tine to shut


    (en verb)
  • (transitive, obsolete, provincial) To hedge or fence in; to enclose.
  • (Halliwell)




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    (wikipedia youth)


  • (lb) The quality or state of being young.
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  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  • (lb) The part of life following childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to manhood.
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  • , volume=101, issue=1, page=62, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Father of Fractals , passage=Toward the end of the war, Benoit was sent off on his own with forged papers; he wound up working as a horse groom at a chalet in the Loire valley. Mandelbrot describes this harrowing youth with great sangfroid.}}
  • (lb) A young person.
  • :
  • (lb) A young man.
  • *1919 ,
  • *:and then a youth appeared—no one quite knew where from or to whom he belonged—but he settled down with them in a happy-go-lucky way, and they all lived together.
  • (lb) (used in plural form ) Young persons, collectively.
  • Synonyms

    * (quality or state of being young) juvenility, youthfulness * (young person) adolescent, child, kid, lad, teen, teenager, youngster * (young man) boy, young man * adolescents, kids, teenagers, teens, young people, youngsters


    * (quality or state of being young) age, dotage, old age, senility * (young person) adult, grown-up

    Derived terms

    * fountain of youth * middle youth, mid youth * yoof * youth club * youth culture * youthful * youth hostel * youth worker * youthly * youthy