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awkward age

early adolescence.
Origin of awkward age
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "The awkward age," fairy godmother and spotless lamb and all the rest of it.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • When he had last seen her she was at the awkward age of thirteen.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • Such a novel, if it existed, would be a counterpart to The awkward age.

    The Craft of Fiction

    Percy Lubbock
  • It is not for nothing that The awkward age is as lonely as it seems to be in its kind.

    The Craft of Fiction

    Percy Lubbock
  • She had large brown eyes and a long black plait, and was a graceful example of what was formerly called "the awkward age."

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
  • Still she gives promise of being attractive when she has passed the awkward age.

  • Like the rest of his stories, The awkward age has little to do with the world of affairs in any group aspect.

  • He was, indeed, at that awkward age when a well-grown boy is verging on manhood.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • Such things were no longer possible when England grew out of her awkward age.

  • Matilda was emphatically at what is called “an awkward age”; an age more awkward with some girls than with others.

    Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing

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