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  1. having reached the age of maturity.
  2. characteristic of or suitable for adults: grown-up behavior; grown-up fiction.
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Origin of grown-up

First recorded in 1625–35; adj. use of verb phrase grow up
Related formsgrown-up·ness, noun
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Related Words

developed, full-fledged, full-grown, grown, mature, miss, gentleman, lady, man, mister, woman, Mr., Mrs., mam

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  1. having reached maturity; adult
  2. suitable for or characteristic of an adult
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  1. an adult
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