• WordNet 3.6
    • adj grownup (of animals) fully developed "an adult animal","a grown woman"
    • n grownup a fully developed person from maturity onward
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  • Randall Jarrell
    Randall Jarrell
    “One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.”


In literature:

She was good and noble, and there was not a child or grownup in Forlorn River who did not love and bless her.
"Desert Gold" by Zane Grey
Grownup Negroes done all de wuk.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Lucy Jane Bull and her sisters were quite old enough to understand a good deal of grownup conversation when they overheard it.
"In the Yule-Log Glow, Book II" by Various
They were of all sizes, from calves not half grownup to unwieldy cows and the huge massive bulls.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
Even the grownup Cherry declines to play, though I hope in time I may incite her to learn!
"Afterwards" by Kathlyn Rhodes
And, if so, how did they manage it, seeing that so few grownups had anything lovable about them?
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
And that is much earlier in children's lives than a good many grownups believe.
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
It wa'n't the kids at all, but a couple of grownups that was both strangers to me.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
She seemed to be insinuating that she was more grownup than Jerry, even though they were twins.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
There may be no more than innocent imitation of grownups, as the following case shows.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll

In poetry:

This is not what I meant:
Stucco arches, the banked rocks sunning in rows,
Bald eyes or petrified eggs,
Grownups coffined in stockings and jackets,
Lard-pale, sipping the thin
Air like a medicine.
"Whitsun" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Turns out, the advice holds true for grownups, too, and it is especially key for those 50 and older when it comes to vitamin B12.
The hero dies in the opening pages, adolescents renounce their parents and the grownups aren't true to themselves, much less each other, because they have no idea what they are.
I've never come away from the Oscars announcement more satisfied that Hollywood really, really gets it—that the best movies really are movies for grownups.
I recently read an article in the Gastonia Gazette which said we should elect grownups to Congress, and I agree.
These days, Obama has been attempting to portray himself as the grownup in the room, the guy who wants a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, if only those darned Republican obstructionists weren't standing in his way.
Lyric's kid-friendly 'Pasquale' delights grownups too.
Little League Catcher Sued By Grownup Hit In Face With His Preteen Throw.
Movies for grandparents and grownups.
"I wish I was a Jedi Master" is a phrase that any youngster (or lonely grownup living in his parent's basement) has uttered.
Even for grownups, those soaring school ceilings and long halls that seem to curve over the horizon are a little intimidating.
Entertainment There were four standing ovations at the 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in Beverly Hills last night: 1) For Sharon Stone, accepting our Lifetime Achievement Award.
I am a big grownup lady.
Big grownup ladies do things by themselves.
For most of my grownup life I edited books, most of them novels.
Our long national movie nightmare is over: the Grownup Movies Season is in full swing.

In science:

Grownup density inhomogeneities should be of uniform composition.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe