sub·​ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ ˌsəb-ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce subadolescent (audio) \
variants: or sub-adolescent

Definition of subadolescent

1 : nearly adolescent : almost in the period of adolescence subadolescent boys
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a subadolescent child subadolescent humor

Other Words from subadolescent

subadolescent or sub-adolescent noun, plural subadolescents or sub-adolescents
The book's hero isn't really Peter Pan—neither James Barrie's heedless, heartless sprite with all his baby teeth nor the smirking subadolescent in tights featured in the Disney animated movie. — Janet McConnaughey

First Known Use of subadolescent

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Subadolescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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