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.


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

Origin of preteen

First recorded in 1950–55; pre- + teen2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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




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.


A preteen boy or girl.
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