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 In 2010, eight times as many Sophie the Giraffe teething toys were sold in France alone as there are actual remaining giraffes. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020 There have been some teething problems: Vague gossip about injuries, social media gripes from pedestrians about rude young scooter hoodlums, complaints about scofflaws not obeying the rules of the road. al, "So, what’s it like to ride a Gotcha scooter in Mobile?," 10 Jan. 2020 With Ajax losing several of last season's star players, Chelsea suffering teething problems with Frank Lampard as its new manager and the seemingly never-ending turmoil at Valencia, Fonte believes a place in the round of 16 is there for the taking. Matias Grez, CNN, "How football "art" helped Lille return to the big time," 16 Sep. 2019 While sports such as cricket and rugby have managed to use video technology without too much controversy in recent years, the Premier League appears to be having teething problems in these early stages. James Masters, CNN, "Has football gone too VAR?," 23 Sep. 2019 But there are plenty of other teething problems beyond the size of the crowds when Spain is not playing. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "At New Davis Cup Finals, a Quiet Reception for Some Longtime Powers," 20 Nov. 2019 Advocates say Scotland’s implementation of its own coercive control law, which came into force in April, has tried to avoid some of the teething problems suffered by England and Wales. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'Abuse Is a Pattern.' Why These Nations Took the Lead in Criminalizing Controlling Behavior in Relationships," 21 June 2019 Pre-teething is generally pretty tame and may not even seem out of the ordinary. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Start Teething?," 26 Feb. 2019 Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets have safely treated the pain associated with teething for more than 85 years. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "FDA Tells Parents to Stop Using Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets Immediately," 17 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of teething

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teething.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teething. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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