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grownup

[ grohn-uhp ]
/ ˈgroʊnˌʌp /
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Definition of grownup

noun
a mature, fully grown person; adult.
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Origin of grownup

First recorded in 1805–15; noun use of verb phrase grow up

Other definitions for grownup (2 of 2)

grown-up
[ grohn-uhp ]
/ ˈgroʊnˈʌp /

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

Origin of grown-up

First recorded in 1625–35; adj. use of verb phrase grow up

OTHER WORDS FROM grown-up

grown-upness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grownup

grown-up

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