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In Britain, especially during the 1950s, a tough youth wearing a modified style of Edwardian clothes.
[From Teddy, nickname of Edward VII.]
1. (Clothing & Fashion) (in Britain, esp in the mid-1950s) one of a cult of youths who wore mock Edwardian fashions, such as tight narrow trousers, pointed shoes, and long sideboards. Often shortened to: ted
2. (Sociology) any tough or delinquent youth
[C20: from Teddy, from Edward, referring to the Edwardian dress]
a rebellious British youth who, in the 1950s and early 1960s, affected Edwardian dress.
[1950–55; afterTeddy,nickname of Edward VII]
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Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom