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adolescent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of adolescent

  1. 1 being in the early stage of life, growth, or development <an adolescent sheepdog, who hasn't quite gotten the hang of keeping the sheep huddled together> Synonyms young, immature, juvenile, youngish, youthfulRelated Words ephebic, minor, preteen, subadult, teenage (or teenaged), underage; embryonic, emergent; callow, green, inexperienced, puerile, raw; babyish, childish, childlike, infantile, infantine, kiddish; undeveloped, unfinished, unfledged, unformed, unripe, unripened; blooming, blossoming, burgeoning, flourishing, floweringNear Antonyms aged, aging (or ageing), ancient, elderly, geriatric, long-lived, old, older, oldish, senescent, senior; full-blown, full-fledged; golden, mellow, ripe, ripened; middle-aged; anile, decrepit, doddering, over-the-hill, senile, spavined, totteryAntonyms adult, grown-up, mature, matured

  2. 2 having or showing the annoying qualities (as silliness) associated with children <would hope that the college students had outgrown such adolescent behavior> Synonyms childish, babyish, immature, infantile, jejune, juvenile, kiddish, puerileRelated Words boyish, brattish, bratty, girlie (or girly), girlish; childlike, innocent, naive (or naïve), simple, simplistic, unsophisticatedNear Antonyms unchildlike; cosmopolitan, experienced, knowing, smart, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wiseAntonyms adult, grown-up, mature

  3. 3 lacking in adult experience or maturity <took a group of adolescent recruits and turned them into professional warriors> Synonyms callow, green, immature, inexperienced, juvenile, puerile, raw, unfledged, unformed, unripe, unripenedRelated Words babyish, childish, infantile, infantilized, infantine; boyish, girlish, juvenescent, kiddish, young, youngish, youthful; maidenly, virginal; ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), tender; unknowing, unseasoned, unsophisticated, untrained, untriedNear Antonyms advanced, precocious; knowing, savvy, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wiseAntonyms adult, experienced, grown-up, mature, ripe





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