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: not childish or immature : adult
: of, for, or characteristic of adults
insisted on wearing grown-up clothes


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: adult

Examples of grown-up in a Sentence

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Hilarity ensued, but also — for a little kid, at least — brief glimpses of real life that felt deliciously grown-up. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Heading into winter, however, things are looking a lot more sophisticated and grown-up. Elle Turner, Glamour, 7 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 50 of 60 Sweet Potato Stacks This grown-up, gorgeous version of your favorite sweet potato casserole is perfect for personal portioning. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 24 Oct. 2023 Featuring 812 pieces, the intricate set is grown-up friendly and available at select retailers. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 The pieces felt intrinsically grown-up, but also as if they were created to explore feelings that come up when one is being pulled down two separate paths. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 15 Sep. 2023 Being ready to entertain and prepping your space accordingly is an easy way to make your apartment feel all grown-up. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 31 Aug. 2023 When the designer, who died today at 93, burst onto the scene in the mid-1950s, fashion was still stuffy, starchy, and decidedly grown-up. Véronique Hyland, ELLE, 14 Apr. 2023 They're all grown-up! Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2023
Reportedly shot for less than $100,000, this tale of Pooh and Piglet all grown-up and running amok recently opened to box office success in Mexico and is currently playing on cinema screens around America. Clark Collis,, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grown-up was in 1633

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“Grown-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


grown-up noun

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