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From Middle English teneful, from Old English tēonful, tēonfull (grievous; vexatious; troublesome; woeful), equivalent to teen +‎ -ful.


teenful (comparative more teenful, superlative most teenful)

  1. (poetic, dialectal, archaic or obsolete) Full of grief; harmful; afflicted; troublesome; vexatious
    O, whither tends the lamentable spite Of this world's teenful apprehension, Which understands all things amiss, whose light Shines not amidst the dark of their dissension? — Shakespeare.
    • 1922, Reynold A. Nicholson, Translations of Eastern Poetry and Prose - Page 91:
      Ne'er the sun might see Me bare who now with bloodshot eyes And teenful heart and cheeks how wan, Gathering bread in beggar's guise, From door to door must wander on.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Piers Plowman to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for teenful in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)