growing pains

plural noun
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of growing pains

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

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First Known Use of growing pains

1810

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GROWING PAINS Defined for English Language Learners

growing pains

Definition of growing pains for English Language Learners

  • : pains in the legs of children who are growing

  • : the problems that are experienced as something (such as a business or a project) grows larger or more successful


GROWING PAINS Defined for Kids

growing pains

noun plural

Definition of growing pains for Students

: pains that occur in the legs of growing children but have not been proven to be caused by growth

Medical Dictionary

growing pains

noun plural grow·ing pains \ ˈgrō-iŋ-ˌpānz \

medical Definition of growing pains

: pains occurring in the legs of growing children having no demonstrable relation to growth

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