Definitions for: Adolescent


[n] a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
[adj] in the state of development between puberty and maturity; "adolescent boys and girls"
[adj] displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; "adolescent insecurity"; "jejune responses to our problems"; "their behavior was juvenile"; "puerile jokes"
[adj] being of the age 13 through 19; "teenage mothers"; "the teen years"
[adj] relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent; "adolescent problems"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ad`o*les"cent ([a^]d`[-o]*l[e^]s"sent), a. [L.
adolescens, p. pr. of adolescere to grow up to; ad + the
inchoative olescere to grow: cf. F. adolescent. See Adult.]
Growing; advancing from childhood to maturity.

Schools, unless discipline were doubly strong, Detain
their adolescent charge too long. --Cowper.


Ad`o*les"cent, n.
A youth.

Synonyms: immature, jejune, juvenile, puerile, stripling, teen, teenage, teenaged, teenager, young

See Also: juvenile, juvenile person, mod, pachuco, punk, punk rocker, rocker, young buck, young man

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