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late bloomer

late bloomer

Date: Jan 15 2009

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I’m a late bloomer when it comes to stuff like grooming and fashion.”

- Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey on why it’s taken him so very long to release his own cologne. (Allure)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

someone who becomes an adult later than others, someone who develops a talent late in life

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Albert Einstein may have invented the theory of relativity and all that, but he didn’t start talking until the age of four. As a young boy, he did poorly in school, and according to legend, he even failed a math class in high school. So what’s the deal? Maybe Einstein was a late bloomer.

The expression late bloomer comes from the plant world. Most plants bloom in the spring or summer, but late bloomers don’t develop flowers until the fall. When a child matures, we sometimes say he or she has bloomed or blossomed. So a late bloomer is someone who takes longer than most to develop from a child into an adult. Teenage boys whose voices still sound high and girlish, or women who still have the bodies of young girls, are often called late bloomers.

The term late bloomer can also be used to talk about a particular talent or ability that didn’t come along until later in life. Patrick Dempsey is considered handsome and stylish now, but the nickname Dr. McDreamy hasn’t always suited him. He was a geek as a teenager, and he didn’t learn about fashion and grooming until he met his wife, a famous Hollywood make-up artist. Now he’s not only been on the cover of many fashion magazines, but he’s even created his own cologne. So he may be a late bloomer, but now he smells like roses.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“I was a late bloomer when it came to dating. I didn’t have my first boyfriend until I was 25.”

“Late bloomers sometimes get teased in school for looking younger than their classmates.”

“I hope that my brother is a late bloomer. Otherwise, he will be a nerd forever!”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS It is any person that doesn`t realize their talents until fairly late in life.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
永恒破灭者 a person who does not discover their talents and abilities until later than normally expected
by 永恒破灭者
missroro someone who matures later than others, or develops a talent late in life
by missroro
yvo0804 it means one person who's success comes late
by yvo0804
fjucikahh késő ember/late people
by fjucikahh
najafi A person who develops socially,emotionally,or physically at a later age than other people.
by najafi
sinam someone who matures later than others, or develops a talent late in life.
by sinam

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Norm1949

United States

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Afghanistan

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08:04 AM Nov 30 2015 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I remember Patrick Dempsey in the movie “Can’t Buy My Love”,cool film in 80’s…He was a teen in that movie,so ended up paying for the most popular girl go out with him for him to become popular too(typical concerns of young americans hehe)

12:11 PM Jan 21 2009 |

christlee

christlee

China

to some parts, i really is a late bloomer. especially when communicate with the others..

05:54 AM Jan 19 2009 |

joribe

joribe

Dominican Republic

patrick dempsey is an excellent actor, i love watch him mostly in movies, such as made of honor, instead i don’t like his work in g.a.

08:40 PM Jan 17 2009 |

EDITH ^.~

EDITH ^.~

United States

Patrick is so luck to have his wife in his life. Not many people know their own talents and have a chance to use it.

07:10 PM Jan 16 2009 |

kaira_harry

Yemen

i saw all grey’s anatomy and i love it so much
and i think Patrick he’s good person

06:52 PM Jan 15 2009 |

lana.cupcake

Saudi Arabia

well ,iits my 1st time to learn about this word ..

02:44 PM Jan 15 2009 |

suzon

Viet Nam

A person who their inborn talents hide somewhere inside, and then uncover them by accident, or by lucks.

12:39 PM Jan 15 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

yeah, I’m late bloomer:)

11:45 AM Jan 15 2009 |

sophie duan

China

i think i am a late bloomer than other others

06:07 AM Jan 15 2009 |

NAJLA

NAJLA

Saudi Arabia

I think that I’m a late bloomer too.I look younger :)

05:19 AM Jan 15 2009 |

bannri

bannri

Japan

I love Patrick sooo much!!!!

04:48 AM Jan 15 2009 |

helen2569

helen2569

China

cool lesson,I like it.

04:05 AM Jan 15 2009 |

meetlinda

meetlinda

China

some matures later than the normal

03:45 AM Jan 15 2009 |

Naomi1010

Naomi1010

Taiwan

Hmm, I think I may be a late bloomer when it comes to dating. :P Ha,I’m pretty shy!!

02:27 AM Jan 15 2009 |

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