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  • Hyphenation: a‧dult‧ing


adult +‎ -ing


adulting (uncountable)

  1. (US, slang) Engaging in activities typically associated with adulthood.
    • 2013, Kelly Williams Brown, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
  2. (nonstandard) Adultery.



  1. present participle of adult
    • 2007, Humphries, Jane, “ 'Because they are too menny...' children, mothers, and fertility decline: the evidence from working-class autobiographies of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries”, in Angélique Janssens, editor, Gendering the fertility decline in the Western world, Population, family, and society, volume 7, Bern [u.a.]: Peter Lang, →ISBN, page 116:
      Trends in the relative costs of child rearing cannot be separated from the economic, social and cultural consequences of both the gendering and adulting of labour markets.
    • 2010, Jedding, Kenneth, Higher education: on life, landing a job, and everything else they didn't teach you in college, Emmaus, PA: Rodale, →ISBN, page 210:
      Then how about this: How about out-adulting the person who's driving you crazy. In other words, being the bigger adult.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:adulting.