Definition of twenty-something (thirty-something, forty-something, etc.) in English:

twenty-something (thirty-something, forty-something, etc.)


  • An unspecified age between twenty and thirty (or thirty and forty, forty and fifty, etc.)

    ‘a forty-something has-been rock star’
    as noun ‘she writes a column geared to twenty- and thirty-somethings’
    • ‘I was nineteen, going on ten, she was thirty-something and living with a German poet but she liked collecting people.’
    • ‘I had promised myself that I would let loose and live like I was eighteen and not thirty-something.’
    • ‘But what is so significant about being thirty-something and being ready to lead?’
    • ‘Like most of the writers, they are also thirty-something.’
    • ‘It was, she told her fellow researchers, as if a nonagenarian suddenly looked forty-something.’
    • ‘He was about thirty-something and looked dirty; hadn't shaved in weeks.’