underage

adjective
un·​der·​age | \ ˌən-dər-ˈāj How to pronounce underage (audio) \

Definition of underage

1 : of less than mature or legal age
2 : done by or involving underage persons underage drinking

Examples of underage in a Sentence

They were not allowed into the club because they were underage.

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The majority of the women were underage at the time of the alleged misconduct, according to Business Insider. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "8 Men Whose Sexual Misconduct Allegations Prove It's Long Been a Big Part of U.S. Politics," 12 Oct. 2018 Critics argue Juul, the dominant e-cigarette maker, is creating a new generation of nicotine addicts by introducing underage users to vaping. Juliet Chung, WSJ, "Juul’s Soaring Valuation Is a Boon for Hedge Funds," 13 Dec. 2018 The sides dispute whether Bartlett was drunk, but he was arrested for disorderly conduct after exchanging words with two troopers investigating underage drinking. Jessica Gresko, The Seattle Times, "Justices weigh free-speech case involving Alaska’s ‘Arctic Man’ event," 26 Nov. 2018 The letters allege that the companies' products were sold to underage users and give the companies 60 days to create new plans to prevent minors from using their products. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Is Cracking Down on JUUL and E-Cigarette Retailers to Curb Teen Vaping," 12 Sep. 2018 The action on Tuesday, against a group of manufacturers, distributors and retailers, focused on products that the agencies said were aimed at underage users or could be accidentally ingested by children. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Vaping Products That Look Like Juice Boxes and Candy Are Target of Crackdown," 1 May 2018 Another problem is young adults buying vapes for their underage friends. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "FDA asks e-cigarette giants to help regulate themselves," 31 Oct. 2018 But intent is not enough, the numbers are what matter, and the numbers tell us underage use of e-cigarette products is a problem. Juliet Chung, WSJ, "Juul’s Soaring Valuation Is a Boon for Hedge Funds," 13 Dec. 2018 Under Wednesday’s announcement, the five largest e-cigarette manufacturers will have 60 days to produce plans to stop underage use of their products. Fox News, "Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of underage

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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underage

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of underage

: too young to do something legally

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