Dictionary: TECH'Y – TEETH

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TECH'Y, a. [so written for touchy.]

Peevish; fretful; irritable. [More correctly touchy.] Shak.

TEC-TON'IC, a. [Gr. τεκτονικος, from τευχω, to fabricate.]

Pertaining to building. Bailey.

TED, v.t. [W. têd and têz, (teth,) a spread; tedu, to distend.]

Among farmers, to spread; to turn new mowed grass from the swath, and scatter it for drying. [Local.] Mortimer. Milton.

TED'DED, pp.

Spread from the swath; as, tedded grass. Milton.

TED'DER, n. [W. tid, a chain; Ir. tead, teidin; Gaelic, tead, teidin, teud, a chain, cord or rope; Sw. tiuder; probably from extending. See Ted.]

  1. A rope or chain by which an animal is tied that he may feed on the ground to the extent of the rope and no further. Hence the popular saying, a person has gone to the length of his tedder.
  2. That by which one is restrained. Child.

TED'DER, v.t.

  1. To tie with a tedder; to permit to feed to the length of a rope or chain.
  2. To restrain to certain limits.


Tied with a tedder; restrained to certain limits.

TED'DING, ppr.

Spreading from the swath.

TE-DEUM, n. [Te deum.]

A hymn to be sung in churches or on occasions of joy; so called from the first words. Te Deum was sung at St. Paul's after the victory. Bacon.

TE'DI-OUS, a. [Sp. and It. tedioso, from tedio, L. tædium; probably connected with W. ted, tedder, from the sense of drawing out.]

  1. Wearisome; tiresome from continuance, prolixity, or slowness which causes prolixity. We say, a man is tedious in relating a story; a minister is tedious in his sermon. We say also, a discourse is tedious, when it wearies by its length or dullness.
  2. Slow; as, a tedious course. Harte.

TE'DI-OUS-LY, adv.

In such a manner as to weary.


  1. Wearisomeness by length of continuance or by prolixity; as, the tediousness of an oration or argument.
  2. Prolixity; length. Shak.
  3. Tiresomeness; quality of wearying; as, the tediousness of delay.
  4. Slowness that wearies.

TE'DI-UM, n. [L. tædium.]

Irksomeness; wearisomeness. Cowper.


Struck with irksomeness. Ed. Rev.

TEEM, v.i. [Sax. tyman, to bring forth, to bear; team, offspring; also tyman, teaman, to call, to summon; D. teemon, to whine, to cant, that is, to throw.]

  1. To bring forth, as young. If she must teem, / Create her child of spleen. Shak.
  2. To be pregnant; to conceive; to engender young. Teeming buds and cheerful greens appear. Dryden.
  3. To be full; to be charged; as a breeding animal; to be prolific. Every head teems with politics. Addison.
  4. To bring forth; to produce, particularly in abundance. The earth teems with fruits; the sea teems with fishes.

TEEM, v.t.

  1. To produce; to bring forth. What's the newest grief? / Each minute teems a new one. Shak. [This transitive sense is not common.]
  2. To pour. [Not in use.] Swift.


One that brings forth young.


  1. Pregnant; prolific.
  2. Brimful. Ainsworth.

TEEM-ING, ppr.

Producing young.


Not fruitful or prolific; barren; as, the teemless earth. Dryden.

TEEN, n. [infra.]

Grief; sorrow. [Not in use.] Spenser.

TEEN, v.t. [Sax. teonan, tynan, to irritate.]

To excite; to provoke. [Not in use.]

TEENS, n. [from teen, ten.]

The years of one's age reckoned by the termination teen. These years begin with thirteen, and end with nineteen. Miss is in her teens.

TEETH, n. [plur. of Tooth, – which see.]

In the teeth, directly; in direct opposition; in front. Nor strive with all the tempest in my teeth. Pope.

TEETH, v.i. [from the noun.]

To breed teeth.