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preteen

[ pree-teen ]
/ priˈtin /
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noun

Also called pre·teen·ag·er [pree-teen-ey-jer] /priˈtinˌeɪ dʒər/, pre·teen·er. a boy or girl under the age of 13, especially one between the ages of 9 and 12.
preteens, the years immediately preceding one's thirteenth birthday.

adjective

designating or characteristic of a preteen or preteens: two preteen daughters.

RELATED WORDS

infant, toddler, adolescent, juvenile, youth, teenager, baby, kid, offspring, minor, youngster, bairn, sprout, suckling, newborn, lamb, progeny, tyke, tot, imp

Nearby words

pret., preta, pretarsal, pretarsus, pretax, preteen, pretence, pretend, pretended, pretender, pretense

Origin of preteen

First recorded in 1950–55; pre- + teen2
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British Dictionary definitions for preteen

preteen

/ (priːˈtiːn) /

noun

a boy or girl approaching his or her teens
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Medicine definitions for preteen

preteen

[ prētēn ]

adj.

Relating to or designed for children especially between the ages of 10 and 12.
Being a child especially between the ages of 10 and 12; preadolescent.

n.

A preteen boy or girl.
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