preteen ager

preteen

[pree-teen]
noun
1.
Also called preteenager [pree-teen-ey-jer] , preteener. 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.
adjective
3.
designating or characteristic of a preteen or preteens: two preteen daughters.

Origin:
1950–55; pre- + teen2

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preteen (priːˈtiːn)
 
n
a boy or girl approaching his or her teens

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preteen pre·teen (prē'tēn')
adj.

  1. Relating to or designed for children especially between the ages of 9 and 12.

  2. Being a child especially between the ages of 9 and 12; preadolescent.

n.
A preteen boy or girl.
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