subadolescent

adjective sub·ad·o·les·cent \ ˌsəb-ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt \
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

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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