Word of the Day: grown-up

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
October 12, 2015
 
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A grown-up is a fully grown adult person. Grown-up as a noun is mostly used by children. As an adjective, grown-up refers to a mature style or taste.
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Example sentences
 
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Betsy dislikes when grown-ups ask her about school.
 
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The children know that they should find a grown-up if they see a suspicious person.
 
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The teacher thought the twelve-year-old girl's lipstick was too grown-up.
 
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Additional information
 
Grown-up as a noun is mostly used by children or when speaking with children. It is also used by adults to convey humor or sarcasm; otherwise they usually just say the noun "adult." English speakers use the related phrases "grown woman" and "grown man" to emphasize the fact that someone is an adult. For example: "Mother, please don't tell me what to do. I'm a grown woman and can make my own choices!" 
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Grown-up is related to the verb phrase “grow up,” which means “to reach maturity or become fully grown.” Don't forget that the adjective and noun have a hyphen (grown-upbut the verb doesn't (grow up).
 
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Origin
 
As an adjective, grown-up was first used between 1625 and 1635, though the verbal phrase "grow up" already existed, in some form or another, since before the year 900. As a noun, grown-up has been used only since around 1805-1815. From Middle English growen, Old English grōwan.
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