American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or designed for children especially between the ages of 9 and 12: preteen clothing.
- adj. Being a child especially between the ages of 9 and 12; preadolescent.
- n. A preadolescent boy or girl. Also called subteen.
- adj. Of, relating to, or designed for, or being children between the ages of about 9 to 12
- n. A child in this age group
- n. a preadolescent boy or girl (usually between 9 and 12 years of age)
- adj. of or relating to or designed for children between the ages of 9 and 12
“This is collecting theme is very prevalent in preteen males who will collect almost anything.”
“Most of the things were - well, depending on your definition of the law - not illegal," Martin says, referring to the "preteen girls" subreddit.”
“When I stopped subscribing as a preteen circa 1989, I imagined that the magazine would transform greatly through the decades and different editors at the helm.”
“I had terrible struggles with weight as a teen and preteen.”
“This, of course, is rare, as any mother of an infant or preteen knows.”
“As a preteen girl, I wanted to dress as twins with Bubbe Mary because I just loved her clothes, but she never wanted to do the whole matching grandmother-and-granddaughter-outfit-making and -wearing thing that was so popular with our Mormon neighbors, which was a huge disappointment to me.”
“My brother is a grandfather two times over and still in college, becoming a doctor in his fiftieth year; my sister married her best friend from preteen Zionist camp, and they have eleven-year-old twin Zionist daughters.”
“The baby-sitter, getting chummy with my kids after working for me for about a month, told my preteen daughter that she smoked PCP on the weekend but made it a point never to smoke it during the workweek.”
“If "Lemonade Mouth" maintains its current interest level among its preteen audience, company executives say, it could spawn a miniature industry of sequels, perhaps even a big-screen adaptation, more albums by cast members and perhaps even a concert tour.”
“Teachers often try to elicit interest in academic tasks by making sure stories and activities relate to things that are, in general, child-friendly a story about a kid who gets hooked on drugs for the preteen, a math activity that involves counting koala bears instead of colored rods for first-graders.”
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