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grownup \grownup\ adj. fully developed; adult; mature; -- of people and animals; as, Act like a grownup!.

Syn: adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown.


a. 1 Of, pertaining to, or suitable for adults. 2 adult; fully developed; mature. alt. 1 Of, pertaining to, or suitable for adults. 2 adult; fully developed; mature. n. An adult.

  1. adj. (of animals) fully developed; "an adult animal"; "a grown woman" [syn: adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown]

  2. n. a fully developed person from maturity onward [syn: adult] [ant: juvenile]


A grownup is an adult.

Grownup may also refer to:

  • Grown-Ups, a 1980 British BBC television film
  • Grown Ups (1997 TV series), a British sitcom
  • Grown Ups (1999 TV series), an American sitcom
  • Grownups (2006 TV series), a British sitcom
  • Grown Ups (film), a 2010 American comedy film
    • Grown Ups 2, the sequel film
  • Grown Ups (band), a pop punk band from Chicago
  • Grown Up (album), a 2010 album by By2
  • Grown-Up (EP), a 2012 EP by F.T. Island
  • Grown Up (film), a 1993 short animated film by Joanna Priestley
  • "Grown Up", a 2012 single by Danny Brown

Usage examples of "grownup".

It had a volume of perhaps thirty cubic centimeters, the size of an average radish, corresponding to a few hundred million neurons and some hundred billion bits-which controlled, among other things, the munching of lettuce, the twitchings of noses, and the sexual dalliances of grownup rabbits.

The drum stood up well under the strain, the grownups around me not quite so well, they were always wanting to interrupt my drum, to cross it up, to crimp my drumsticks -- but nature looked out for me.

Soon, not only the grownups but the children were dancing to the happy, toe tapping music.

From the very beginning it was plain to me: grownups will not understand you.

And so with a single fall, not exactly without gravity but its degree of gravity calculated by myself in advance, I not only supplied a reason -- repeatedly confirmed by the doctors and in general satisfactory to the grownups who simply have to have their explanations for things -- for my failure to grow, but in addition and without any real intention on my part, transformed our harmless, good-natured Matzerath into a guilty Matzerath.

However, there is something very strange and childish in the way grownups feel about their clocks -- in that respect, I was never a child.

I am willing to agree that the clock is probably the most remarkable thing that grownups ever produced.

Grownups have it in them to be creative, and sometimes, with the help of ambition, hard work, and a bit of luck they actually are, but being Grownups, they have no sooner created some epoch-making invention than they become a slave to it.

But not all the grownups around me proved as understanding as Jan Bronski.

If grownups wished to regard me as a bed-wetter, that I could accept with an inner shrug of the shoulders, but that I should have to behave like a simpleton year in year out was a source of chagrin to Oskar and to his teacher as well.

Axel Mischke and Harry Schlager had built a kind of tent out of blankets and old rags to prevent grownups from looking into their soup.

Tom Thumb at all, you only heard his voice and saw the grownups chasing around after him.

At the streetcar stop and in the car I went right on drumming to prevent the three grownups from talking.

While the three grownups were thus distributing themselves about the apartment, I was still in the living room.

I looked after them sadly and with an empty heart, waved at them as they entered a taxi and completely vanished inside it -- for the Ford was made for grownups, it looked empty as though cruising for customers as it drove off with my friends.