\ ˈtēt͟h How to pronounce teethe (audio) \
teethed; teething

Definition of teethe

intransitive verb

: to experience the emergence of one's teeth through the gums

Examples of teethe in a Sentence

The baby is starting to teethe.
Recent Examples on the Web There is the Infant Phenomenon, who strains to pass herself off as such in her family’s theatrical troupe despite having teethed several years ago. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2020 The problems experienced this week are unlikely to be teething problems either as motorcycles and tricycles have, overtime, become mainstay features of Lagos’ transport system due to gaps that exist. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, 6 Feb. 2020 For now, on the living room floor, Blue IV and his sister Pickles are on my lap, teething. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2020 The mother said that the little boy began to recuperate, but then started teething, causing him to have new struggles with eating. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, 20 Nov. 2019 Some of the types of baby food tested include infant formula, meat jars, infant cereal, teething biscuits and rice puffs. Ayano Nagaishi, azcentral, 17 Oct. 2019 Additionally, rubbing medicine with benzocaine on the gums when a child is teething does not seem to help the pain any better than just rubbing the gums without medicine. Philly.com, 7 June 2018 Taken in what appears to be a restaurant, the cute image saw both gals looking at the camera, with Hudson wearing a teething bracelet around her wrist and a backpack. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 24 July 2019 Then, Orajel, the child teething product, is applied to the bullfrog’s posterior skin, which quickly lulls the frog to sleep and eventually into a peaceful death. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of teethe

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teethe

back-formation from teething

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“Teethe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teethe. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of teethe

: to have the first set of teeth begin to grow
: to bite on something in order to relieve pain caused by teething


\ ˈtēt͟h How to pronounce teethe (audio) \
teethed; teething

Kids Definition of teethe

: to experience the growth of teeth through the gums
\ ˈtēt͟h How to pronounce teethe (audio) \
teethed; teething

Medical Definition of teethe

: to cut one's teeth : grow teeth

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