grown-up

[ grohn-uhp ]
/ ˈgroʊnˈʌp /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. growingly,
  2. growl,
  3. growler,
  4. growly,
  5. grown,
  6. grownup,
  7. growse,
  8. growth,
  9. growth cone,
  10. growth curve

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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British Dictionary definitions for grown-up

grown-up

adjective

having reached maturity; adult
suitable for or characteristic of an adult

noun

an adult
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