pubescent

A pubescent girl or boy is a young person who's just reached the age of puberty, or sexual maturity.

Use the adjective pubescent to describe a person who's at the end of childhood growth and is beginning to be fully adult, including being nearly old enough physically to reproduce, or have babies. Pubescent girls and boys are at an in-between stage in their lives, no longer little kids, but not yet grownups. The root of pubescence is the Latin word pubescere, "grow up, ripen, or come to maturity."

Primary Meanings of pubescent

1.
adj
(of animals especially human beings) having arrived at the onset of puberty (the age at which sex glands become functional) but not yet fully mature
2.
adj
covered with fine soft hairs or down
Full Definitions of pubescent
1

adj (of animals especially human beings) having arrived at the onset of puberty (the age at which sex glands become functional) but not yet fully mature

“the budding breasts of a pubescent girl and the downy chin of pubescent boy”
Synonyms:
immature
not yet mature
2

adj covered with fine soft hairs or down

Synonyms:
downy, puberulent, sericeous
haired, hairy, hirsute
having or covered with hair

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