a person whose talents or capabilities are slow to develop: A late bloomer, she wrote her first novel when she was almost 50.
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How to use late bloomer in a sentence
I was a late bloomer because I had already done a lot of time as a Youth Authority ward in ’60.
For example, the Stars, Islanders and Panthers have found recent success despite a low ranking on the list above, through a combination of savvy acquisitions and patience with their late bloomers.Everything That Could Go Wrong For The Buffalo Sabres Has Gone Wrong | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | March 24, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Bacus, a late bloomer, was briefly sharp before his 2020 ended because of a flexor strain.The Nationals’ biggest spring training roster questions are all on the margins | Jesse Dougherty | February 17, 2021 | Washington Post
But the region, for lack of a better term, was a late bloomer.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families | Abby Haglage | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
School is hard, and I was a late-bloomer in finding out who I was and how to be myself.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick | Marlow Stern | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Its leadership relies, increasingly, on half-hearted, inexperienced freelancers or unskilled, late-bloomer recruits.Fawaz A. Gerges on How the Arab Spring Beat Al Qaeda | Fawaz A. Gerges | May 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In contrast, Sarah was a late bloomer when it came to romance.
Her family claims her innocence, refuting charges that she is a maneater by insisting that she was a tomboy and a late bloomer.
They are a late bloomer and will occasionally produce a crop when the other sorts have been injured by late freezing.The Apple | Various
Ten Week Stock—the "Gillyflower" of grandmother's garden—is a late bloomer.Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
Lancifolium Punctatum verum is a late bloomer; color, clear white with soft rose spots and green stripes.Talks about Flowers. | M. D. Wellcome