Definition of grown-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡrəʊnˈʌp/
1Adult: Joe has two grown-up children
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  • The father of two grown-up daughters was driving to work at the Co-op Dairy in Norton, South Yorkshire, from his home in Birdwell, Barnsley, when he was attacked.
  • I have a grown-up daughter from my first marriage.
  • Now Jane is a happy 47-year-old living in Swindon, enjoying family life with her son, who lives with her, and her grown-up daughter.
adult, mature, of age, having reached one's majority;
fully grown, full-grown, fully developed, fully fledged
1.1Suitable for or characteristic of an adult: it was my first grown-up party
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  • If the loch is a magnet for children, he says, it is also suitable for more grown-up pursuits, potentially appealing to those with an interest in conservation.
  • Some things that children would never think of however - like lighting - are indispensable factors at a grown-up party.
  • And I thought it was going to be a very grown-up dinner party, so I didn't worry about going back to find my light.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡrəʊnʌp/
(Especially in children’s use) an adult: I don’t like it when grown-ups get all serious
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  • In a festival where easy laughs are mostly the order of the day, this is a serious piece of work that separates the grown-ups from the kids.
  • When we were kids, adults always said that sex and sexuality was for grown-ups.
  • I assume that my readers are grown-ups who can make up their own minds.
adult, grown person, grown-up person, mature person;
woman, grown woman, mature woman, man, grown man, mature man, lady, gentleman

Words that rhyme with grown-up

cup, pup, scup, straight-up, stuck-up, summing-up, sup, totting-up, two-up, up, washing-up

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