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[grohn-uhp] /ˈgroʊnˌʌp/
a mature, fully grown person; adult.
Origin of grownup
First recorded in 1805-15; noun use of verb phrase grow up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Lyceum was, the feature of strongest interest to the grownups.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty Charles A. Murdock
  • I am to help the children, yes, and the grownups, of a small city—to enjoy life.

    Gypsy Flight Roy J. Snell
  • There may be no more than innocent imitation of grownups, as the following case shows.

  • We grownups and the children are very much alike in that respect.

    ABC of Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford
  • On the lawns were putting and bowling contests for grownups.

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