growing pains

plural noun

: pains in the legs of growing children having no demonstrable relation to growth
: the stresses and strains attending a new project or development

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Growing pains.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

growing pains

noun plural
: pains in the legs of growing children having no proven relation to growth
: difficulties that accompany something new
a business going through growing pains

Medical Definition

growing pains

noun plural
grow·​ing pains ˈgrō-iŋ-ˌpānz How to pronounce growing pains (audio)
: pains occurring in the legs of growing children having no demonstrable relation to growth
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