tweenager

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Blend of between +‎ teenager. Attested as early as the 1950s, but popularized in the late 20th or early 21st century.

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tweenager (plural tweenagers)

  1. A young person who is not yet technically a teenager (being less than thirteen years old), but starting to act like one: generally eight to twelve years old.
    • 1994, Mary Manz Simon, How to Parent Your “Tweenager”, page 6:
      Your eight to twelve year old is in the gray area between early childhood and the teen years. He is a child in the middle—a “tweenager.”

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