I. adjective Date: 1633 1. not childish or immature ; adult 2. of, for, or characteristic of adults <
insisted on wearing grown-up clothes
II. noun Date: 1813 adult

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • grown-up — grown up1 adj 1.) fully developed as an adult ▪ Before you know it, the children will be grown up and leaving home. ▪ I ve got two grown up sons. 2.) behaving in a responsible way, like an adult = ↑mature →↑childish ▪ I expect more grown up… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grown-up — grown upness, n. /grohn up /, adj. 1. having reached the age of maturity. 2. characteristic of or suitable for adults: grown up behavior; grown up fiction. [1625 35; adj. use of v. phrase grow up] * * * …   Universalium

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  • grown-up — grown′ up′ adj. 1) having reached the age of maturity 2) characteristic of or suitable for adults • Etymology: 1625–35 grown′ up′ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • grown-up — [n] adult gentleman, grown person, lady, mam, man, Miss, mister, Mr., Mrs., Ms., woman; concept 424 Ant. child, youngster …   New thesaurus

  • grown-up — [grōn′up′; ] for n. [, grōn′up΄] adj. 1. that is an adult 2. of, for, or like an adult n. an adult: also written grownup …   English World dictionary

  • grown-up — adult, *mature, matured, ripe, mellow Antonyms: childish: callow …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • grown-up — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ adult. ► NOUN informal ▪ an adult …   English terms dictionary

  • grown-up */ — I UK / US noun [countable] Word forms grown up : singular grown up plural grown ups a) an adult This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children Ask a grown up to help you. b) used when there are children involved in a situation… …   English dictionary

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