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grown-up

[grohn-uhp] /ˈgroʊnˈʌp/
adjective
1.
having reached the age of maturity.
2.
characteristic of or suitable for adults:
grown-up behavior; grown-up fiction.
Origin of grown-up
1625-1635
1625-35; adj. use of verb phrase grow up
Related forms
grown-upness, noun
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  • He was sorry for the poor little maid who had aped the ways of the grown-up.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • “So unexpected, dear Senator Montgomery,” said Cora, in quite a grown-up way.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • And the grown-up children—how many are there who live with my cousin Averil?

    Averil Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • He was pleading with his brother as a child might beg for something from a grown-up man.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • But let them be united and continuous, and you have a hell that no grown-up devil can devise.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for grown-up

grown-up

adjective
1.
having reached maturity; adult
2.
suitable for or characteristic of an adult
noun
3.
an adult
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