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  1. 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.
  2. preteens, the years immediately preceding one's thirteenth birthday.
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  1. designating or characteristic of a preteen or preteens: two preteen daughters.
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Origin of preteen

First recorded in 1950–55; pre- + teen2
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Related Words for preteen

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

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British Dictionary definitions for preteen


  1. a boy or girl approaching his or her teens
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preteen in Medicine


  1. Relating to or designed for children especially between the ages of 10 and 12.
  2. Being a child especially between the ages of 10 and 12; preadolescent.
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  1. A preteen boy or girl.
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