\ 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.

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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, "Boulder County agencies fighting invasive American bullfrogs," 3 July 2019 Those teething problems mean that many residents in Suzhou are unaware of the system. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "China's trial program to rate citizens on public behavior is a bureaucratic mess," 21 June 2019 That’s not to say grown-up Angel didn’t have its share of teething problems. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Angel cast and creators reunite for 20th anniversary of beloved vampire drama series," 20 June 2019 Searches on its website for cold and flu remedies or teething products for infants yield pages full of homeopathic junk products. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Walmart sued over marketing of homeopathic treatments," 10 June 2019 As many as 10 percent of kids get homeopathic remedies from parents, especially for problems like teething and ear infections, according to the National Capital Poison Control Center. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Walmart sued over marketing of homeopathic treatments," 10 June 2019 Apparently this all-purpose parenting elixir of the past is not the best remedy, even for teething. Allison Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "My Kid Literally Ate Chicken Poop When I Turned Away For 5 Seconds—Here’s Why I’m Still A Good Mom," 19 Jan. 2018 The Food and Drug Administration warned parents on Wednesday about the dangers of using teething products that contain the popular numbing agent benzocaine. Abigail Abrams, Time, "FDA Warns That Benzocaine Teething Products Are Not Safe for Children," 25 May 2018 The common topical anesthetic in teething gels, prays, ointments, and lozenges can lead to a serious and sometimes fatal condition called methemoglobinemia, in which red blood cells can no longer carry as much oxygen. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Don't Use Baby Teething Medicine With Benzocaine, the FDA Warns," 23 May 2018

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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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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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