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Words used to describe children - thesaurus

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adolescent

adjective

changing into a young man or woman

adolescent

adjective

relating to the period of adolescence

bad

adjective

used about children who do not behave well or obey adults

big

adjective

a big boy or a big girl is getting older or is older than another child. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children

naughty

adjective

a naughty child behaves badly and does not do what you ask them to

prepubescent

adjective

relating to the time just before puberty (=when you change from a child into an adult)

pubescent

adjective

a pubescent child is at a stage in their life when their body is changing and they are becoming an adult

small

adjective

small children are very young

spoiled

adjective

spoilt

spoilt

adjective

a child who is spoilt behaves badly if they do not get what they want, because people have always given them everything they want

teen

adjective

informal teenage

teenage

adjective

between the ages of 13 and 19

teenage

adjective

relating to or intended for young people between the ages of 13 and 19

teenaged

adjective

between the ages of 13 and 19

underage

adjective

not old enough to do something legally, for example drink alcohol or drive a car

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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