teeth·​ing | \ ˈtē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce teething (audio) \

Definition of teething

1 : the first growth of teeth
2 : the phenomena accompanying growth of teeth through the gums

Examples of teething in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boeing might also argue that the KC-X teething pains actually provide a basis for more confidence in its KC-Y competitor. al, 3 Feb. 2022 Tesla went through these same growing pains, and Rivian's teething problems may eventually be solved when service centers reach critical mass. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Feb. 2022 Ship systems that thrived during the Ford’s five-year teething process merit additional focus and, potentially, wider investment and use. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The new free trade deal between a post-Brexit Britain and the EU came into force at the start of 2021, leading to disruption in trade which the British government said represented some early teething problems. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Even before the suspension, the U.K.-based company’s shot, jointly developed with the University of Oxford, had grappled with production delays, which the company attributed in part to typical teething issues with a new product. John Follain, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2021 Last month, Fynbo launched a new Busy Baby product, a teething spoon. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, 8 Mar. 2021 For instance, in 2016, the FDA reported that homeopathic teething gels and tablets had been linked to the deaths of 10 babies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 June 2020 Like most amber teething jewelry, Wilkes’s products are made from fossilized tree resin mined from the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of teething

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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teeth·​ing | \ ˈtē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce teething (audio) \

Medical Definition of teething

1 : the first growth of teeth
2 : the phenomena accompanying the growth of teeth through the gums

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