Definition of underage in English:

underage

adjective

  • 1(of a person) too young to engage legally in a particular activity, especially drinking alcohol or having sex.

    ‘I'm underage–I'm not allowed in pubs’
    ‘unlawful sex with an underage girl’
    • ‘She also accused the police of not acting quickly enough to stop certain off-licences in the area serving alcohol to under-age people.’
    • ‘A number of the under-age boys ended up in hospital.’
    • ‘Adults are being sought throughout the parish to help secure the future of Broadford United AFC's under-age teams.’
    • ‘The fundraiser will support the under-age teams, who hope to travel to Croke Park for the All-Ireland ladies final.’
    • ‘All under-age teams are being trained and coached in preparation for their upcoming competitions.’
    • ‘These facilities will be of benefit to all players from under-age boys and girl teams right up to adult level.’
    • ‘An under-age driver caught at the wheel of a car has been warned that he could be locked up if he drives again within a year.’
    • ‘Anyone who sells alcohol to the under-age children will be prosecuted.’
    • ‘Kirkwall police have once again expressed their growing concern over the quantity of alcohol being confiscated from under-age teenagers in the town.’
    • ‘Our under-age teams, almost all of them, have won trophies of one type or another this season and the promotion of the senior team was the icing on the cake.’
    • ‘I was under-age and deemed too unstable to make my own decisions.’
    • ‘The unsung heroes in our club are those who look after the needs of our under-age teams, without whom we would not have adult teams.’
    • ‘Following their very successful year in 2003 it is hoped that all players and the parents of the under-age players will attend.’
    • ‘They will be able to confiscate alcohol and tobacco from under-age children.’
    • ‘We are subjected to the noise of motorbikes being driven around the estate all weekend by under-age children.’
    • ‘To qualify for a particular age group a competitor must be under-age on July 31st of this year.’
    • ‘They had a clear warning this week: sale of alcohol to under-age children will not be tolerated and those breaking the law will face prosecution.’
    • ‘Questions were also asked about the problem of youngsters drinking and off-licences selling alcohol to under-age teenagers.’
    • ‘Police have promised to shut down off-licences and pubs that persistently flout the law by selling booze to under-age children.’
    • ‘She has decided to tackle the problem of stamping out the sale of alcohol to under-age children.’
    young, teenage, teenaged, adolescent, junior, pubescent, prepubescent
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    1. 1.1attributive (of an activity) engaged in by people who are under age.
      ‘underage drinking’
      • ‘As a mark of respect to her memory the weekly LOTTO was postponed while senior and under-age training was cancelled.’
      • ‘The parents can help or supervise at under-age training, take a turn in bringing players to matches or maybe help with fund-raising.’
      • ‘The police in Padiham and Hapton are to run training schemes for licensees designed to help them to spot under-age drinkers.’
      • ‘All of our colleagues go through extensive training to ensure that under-age purchasing does not happen, but this rare case means we must continue to be vigilant.’
      • ‘Kildare Town AFC under-age soccer training has resumed for the coming season.’
      • ‘Great credit is due to all the under-age trainers who do tremendous work.’
      • ‘It's like all this fuss about under-age drinking, or TV dramas with sex in them.’
      • ‘Gerry also contributes to the development of under-age cycling throughout Connacht through his role on the provincial committee.’
      • ‘He joined the Rangers Club four years ago and since then has been at the forefront of the development of their under-age programme at the club.’
      • ‘The Government-backed campaign will target irresponsible licensees and under-age drinkers between now and New Year's Day.’
      • ‘Ballyteague GFC s campaign aimed at attracting young people out to under-age training on Saturday afternoons is now in full swing.’
      • ‘The rangy McPharlin had played only one game in an elite under-age competition, with the East Fremantle colts.’
      • ‘Point-of-sale displays are common in corner shops, where many under-age smokers buy cigarettes.’
      • ‘O'Hanlon's new pitch is coming on very well and has been in regular use for training and under-age games for the past three weeks.’
      • ‘He congratulated both teams for a fine game and no doubt that under-age development is certainly crucial to both clubs.’
      • ‘Several have competed in previous under-age World Cup events, and a good number have graduated to playing for the Saltires at senior level.’
      • ‘Catering for over 200 players in eleven under-age competitions as well as Junior and Senior teams is a very expensive business.’
      • ‘I do believe that there is now a need for a recruitment drive to get people to help with all under-age activities in the club.’
      • ‘Adults to refrain from drinking at under-age functions and Clubs to prohibit advertising at underage events.’
      • ‘The most effective way to curb under-age drinking is by pointing out the effects of full-blown alcoholism.’

Pronunciation

underage

/ˈʌndərˌeɪdʒ/