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Monday, May 21, 2018

Definitions for adultescent

  1. a young adult or middle-aged person who has interests, traits, etc., that are usually associated with teenagers.

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Citations for adultescent
It almost seems as if we’re actively trying to raise a nation of “adultescents.” Elizabeth Kolbert, "Spoiled Rotten," The New Yorker, July 2, 2012
Adultescent came of age in 2004, but only as a word. The adult it describes is too busy playing Halo 2 on his Xbox or watching SpongeBob at his parents' house to think about growing up. John Tierney, "Adultescent," New York Times, December 26, 2004
Origin of adultescent
The informal noun kidult, a combination of kid and adult, which dates from about 1960, has mostly been replaced by the equally informal noun adultescent (from adult and adolescent), which first appears in the mid-1990s.