adultescent

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of adult and adolescent.

Noun[edit]

adultescent (plural adultescents)

  1. An adult who continues to participate in and enjoy youth culture.
    • 2001, Andrew Calcutt, Brit Cult: An A-Z of British Pop Culture, page 237,
      First he was known as the ultimate adultescent, a thirty/fortysomething who admitted to being fixated with football and music and stuck at the mental/emotional age of 14.
    • 2001 December 30, Peter Lyle, Farewell 2001, in Independent on Sunday,
      PlayStation2 and X-Box are all very well. But for die-hard video-game connoiseurs the Golden Age ended on 1 February, when Sega announced that the Dreamcast was to cease production after just three years. Stung by Sony's success since 1995 with PlayStation, the veteran video-game firm had put all its energies into a final charge on the hearts and minds of kids and adultescents with an affordable, technologically advanced new console.
    • 2004, Australian Book Review, Issues 258-267, page 51,
      This time his protagonist is not a gormless ‘adultescent’ but a middle-aged woman named Meg Riddoch.
    • 2008, Business Week, Issues 4065-4072, page 122,
      For more than a year, the senator's "adultescent" campaign staffers have been swarming college campuses in beat-up cars with college logos, collecting names, building databases, and creating a social networking juggernaut [] .

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