Definition of prepubescent in US English:



  • Relating to or in the period preceding puberty.

    ‘a prepubescent girl’
    • ‘These responses are based on a sentimental view of nature, permissible in prepubescent girls, perhaps, but disturbing in anyone old enough to know better.’
    • ‘Most people have given up having slumber parties with prepubescent children by the time they cease being prepubescent themselves.’
    • ‘Yet, based on your letter, it would seem that you started ballet training in your teens and your body is not naturally suited to the profession's prepubescent shape.’
    • ‘And I'm probably going to regret saying this, but she's actually looking pretty good despite that prepubescent body.’
    • ‘Most evidence supporting the ban on prepubescent resistance training evolved from several early scientific reports.’
    • ‘Within this story, these two prepubescent boys are scared at first by the presence of a cat, though they don't know what it is.’
    • ‘And are there any really annoying prepubescent girls who have special powers?’
    • ‘Camped in their son's room, I spent the night reading novels written for prepubescent boys, nodding off only after sunrise.’
    • ‘His voice sounded something like a prepubescent teenager.’
    • ‘The change is a steady one, a smoothly continuous development to the final prepubescent physique, rather than any passage through a series of separate stages.’
    • ‘Most of the women in this sample were prepubescent prior to treatment.’
    • ‘The most effective aspects of the film are the simpler ones - Bobby's interaction with his mother, who is unsuited to raising a child but trying nonetheless, and his tentative venture into prepubescent romance with Carol.’
    • ‘It is tempting to attribute this attitude to the desire to please a father figure, since Cruise's dad quit the family home during his boy's prepubescent years.’
    • ‘So, are the prepubescent girls who visit the site actually falling in love with red meat, when they catch their breath while reflecting on their own inherent self-worth?’
    • ‘This is a show aimed at prepubescent girls after all, we wouldn't want anything inappropriate.’
    • ‘And when he wasn't photographing prepubescent females, he spent as much time as he could socializing with them.’
    • ‘If the individual is a prepubescent or post-menopausal female the risk of pregnancy is quite low.’
    • ‘It sounded like a tone that would come out of a prepubescent teenager whose mother wouldn't let him skateboard on the lawn.’
    • ‘In this paper, however, only prepubescent children are discussed.’
    • ‘It's as if they want to specifically cater to the prepubescent girls (the ones that are gullible and dripping with their parents' money) and write songs just for their palate.’
    young, teenage, teenaged, adolescent, junior, underage, pubescent
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  • A prepubescent boy or girl.

    • ‘The following isn't appropriate for prepubescents in any way.’
    • ‘If you're a veteran actor who's nervous or excited about your chances to win an Oscar, the last thing you wanna see is a montage of prepubescents who have already scored the golden statuette!’
    • ‘The film showed prepubescents that bad things could happen to them, too.’
    • ‘He's sold millions of books over the years, keeping prepubescents and spotty adolescents alike hooked on his dynamite prose, all while pretending to do real work.’
    • ‘I was a prepubescent, and probably one of those stupid kids who always seem to come from bad homes; the ones who think the teacher's going to hit them, and can't even spell their own names.’