Main meanings of ted in English

: ted1Ted2

ted1

Pronunciation /tɛd/

verbteds, tedding, tedded

[with object]
  • Turn over and spread out (grass, hay, or straw) to dry or for bedding.

    ‘you will need to ted the hay before it can be raked and baled’
    • ‘this row requires careful tedding’
    • ‘The forage was tedded twice daily and baled 3 days later at 87.3% DM using a conventional baler.’
    • ‘Do not ted hay that has dried to 50% moisture because that can increase dry matter losses and is not effective in increasing drying rate.’
    • ‘Too much tedding can shatter leaves of alfalfa or clover, lowering the quality of the hay.’

Origin

Middle English from Old Norse tethja ‘spread manure’ (past tense tadda), related to tad ‘dung’.

Main meanings of Ted in English

: ted1Ted2

Ted2

Pronunciation /tɛd/

noun

informal British
  • A Teddy boy.

    • ‘Despite tales of Teds slashing cinema seats, most people would accept that the level of youth crime is far higher now than it was then.’
    • ‘IN THE 1950s the streets belonged to the Teds, in the Sixties to the Mods.’
    • ‘Like Teds, Mods, Rockabillies, Punks, Ravers and Goths, gay male fetish queens do not change much over the years.’
    • ‘But he found that around 20 years earlier the same things were written about the Teds, Mods and Rockers.’
    • ‘First the Teds, then the squares… the notion of the teenager was born 50 years ago.’

Origin

1950s abbreviation.