Awkward age



early adolescence.
Historical Examples

Woman is passing through an awkward age now, and Dorothy Roden might be classed among those who are doing it gracefully.
Roden’s Corner Henry Seton Merriman

When he had last seen her she was at the awkward age of thirteen.
The Stronghold Miriam Haynie

Matilda was emphatically at what is called “an awkward age”; an age more awkward with some girls than with others.
Six to Sixteen Juliana Horatia Ewing

Such a novel, if it existed, would be a counterpart to The awkward age.
The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock

Still she gives promise of being attractive when she has passed the awkward age.
French and Oriental Love in a Harem Mario Uchard

It is not for nothing that The awkward age is as lonely as it seems to be in its kind.
The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock

Wise mothers say that their daughters must sooner or later pass through an awkward age.
Roden’s Corner Henry Seton Merriman

She had large brown eyes and a long black plait, and was a graceful example of what was formerly called “the awkward age.”
The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson

Mrs. Brookenham is of course the mother of the young heroine of The awkward age.
The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II Henry James

He was, indeed, at that awkward age when a well-grown boy is verging on manhood.
The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo

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