pubescent

adjective
pu·​bes·​cent | \ pyü-ˈbe-sᵊnt How to pronounce pubescent (audio) \

Definition of pubescent

1a : arriving at or having reached puberty
b : of or relating to puberty
2 : covered with fine soft short hairs — compare villous

Examples of pubescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the college game was birthed in New Jersey, the state’s biggest program has regressed to look pubescent. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers move into first place in Big Ten West with 42-7 win over Rutgers," 19 Oct. 2019 Will’s declaration that the Mind Flayer is back is a cry for help that brings his friends back to his side, reunited as a taller and more visibly pubescent team. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 The production, confidently directed by Carolyn Cantor, unfolds on a swiftly shifting set by Dane Laffrey that keeps us ever mindful of the hallowed halls of this pubescent incubator of America’s elite. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: Kavanaugh hearings lend a new lens for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ‘Good Boys’," 1 July 2019 At the time, a social worker, foster parents and therapist pigeonholed the child, known then as Christina, as a troubled, pubescent girl who acted out for attention. Samantha Young, sacbee, "Should ‘gender-affirming health care’ be on the radar for California’s foster kids?," 2 July 2018 And at school, with pubescent boys cooped up for months at a time, slurs about homosexuality were the ones most often thrown at anyone who strayed very far from the strict confines of the norm. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 Will’s declaration that the Mind Flayer is back is a cry for help that brings his friends back to his side, reunited as a taller and more visibly pubescent team. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 The production, confidently directed by Carolyn Cantor, unfolds on a swiftly shifting set by Dane Laffrey that keeps us ever mindful of the hallowed halls of this pubescent incubator of America’s elite. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: Kavanaugh hearings lend a new lens for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ‘Good Boys’," 1 July 2019 And at school, with pubescent boys cooped up for months at a time, slurs about homosexuality were the ones most often thrown at anyone who strayed very far from the strict confines of the norm. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of pubescent

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pubescent

Latin pubescent-, pubescens, present participle of pubescere to reach puberty, become covered as with hair, from pubes

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The first known use of pubescent was in 1646

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“Pubescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pubescent. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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pubescent

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English Language Learners Definition of pubescent

: beginning to physically develop into an adult : having reached puberty

pubescent

adjective
pu·​bes·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce pubescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of pubescent

1 : arriving at or having reached puberty
2 : of or relating to puberty

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