late bloomer


: someone who becomes successful, attractive, etc., at a later time in life than other people
She was a late bloomer as a writer.

Examples of late bloomer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web British writer Jim Grant, now 69, was a late bloomer himself who published his first novel, Killing Floor, in 1997 under the pen name Lee Child. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Apr. 2024 Rooker is a bit of a late bloomer by baseball standards, coming off a 30-homer season that helped the 29-year-old become a first-time All-Star and the latest in a long line of sluggers for the A's. David Brandt, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 The exuberant Shaunie Lewis shines bright as late bloomer Delia, and Jesse Boyd-Williams is positively magnetic as the questionable Leland. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2024 Gaining a breakthrough more than a year after its Feb. 22, 2022 debut — while also navigating original member Jinni exiting the group in December — made NMIXX more of a late bloomer compared to the quick success of past JYP Entertainment girl groups. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 24 Apr. 2023 As an economic late bloomer, China must use mercantilist methods to climb up global value chains long monopolized by the West. Michael Beckley, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 Somewhat of a late bloomer, most of his best seasons came after the age of 30. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2023 The lefty was a late bloomer in high school and played 13 games from the bench in his freshman year with Iowa, but leaves the program as a consistent starter who led the Hawkeyes in several categories with 20.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 June 2023 Carr describes himself as a late bloomer to the jazz scene. Shauna Stuart |, al, 26 Jan. 2023

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“Late bloomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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