Definition of latchkey child in English:

latchkey child

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noun

(also latchkey kid)
  • A child who is at home without adult supervision for some part of the day, especially after school until a parent returns from work.

    ‘As a child, Ivey, 42, was a latchkey kid until junior high school, when her stepmother retired.’
    • ‘Dec is the baby of a large Irish Catholic brood of seven children while Ant is the eldest of three, a latchkey kid who made his own lunch and who, after his parents divorced, lived with his mum and looked after his younger sister.’
    • ‘Now, when I was a kid, my mom worked, and I was a latchkey kid.’
    • ‘Moses ‘Momo’ Schmitt has become something of a latchkey kid since his mother departed with his brother some years ago, leaving Momo alone with a taciturn, resentful and disappointed father.’
    • ‘He also recalls a childhood without money, as the latchkey kid of a widowed travelling salesman, left largely to bring himself up after Geldof's mother died suddenly of a stroke when he was seven.’
    • ‘Imagine someone writing a Dickensian novel, in nineteenth-century prose, about a latchkey kid on Ritalin.’
    • ‘Forty percent of them say, ‘I was a latchkey kid.’’
    • ‘Perky blond Allie is a latchkey kid, her mother too rich and too distracted by her serial dating to pay attention to how her daughter spends her time.’
    • ‘I am a latchkey kid so I would just do what I usually do and suck the mercury out of broken thermometers.’
    • ‘Just because Mom's gone and my father's never around doesn't mean Trisha's a latchkey kid, or something.’
    • ‘The liberal father is criticized for being too liberal, while the latchkey kid is the responsible youth on display.’
    • ‘I was a latchkey kid, but I also helped out in the store and made deliveries.’
    • ‘He is not a latchkey kid, and this incident has really stressed our family.’
    • ‘After school, I rode the bus home and entered the solitary world of a latchkey child.’
    • ‘Marketed as a gadget to thwart kidnappings, it is more likely to appeal to the parent of an unruly or latchkey child.’
    • ‘Well, I grew up as a typical late-1970's latchkey kid, but my mother would have punished me severely if I left the house on my own and went to fast food restaurants by myself.’
    • ‘Very unlike their Baby Boomer parents, these young adults are the original latchkey kids and have grown up mastering information technology and creative thinking.’
    • ‘In a country in which broken homes, absentee parents and latchkey kids are endemic to every social class, he can touch some of the hottest emotional buttons.’
    • ‘Many were latchkey children who returned home from school to an empty house, spending more time watching television than interacting with adults.’
    • ‘But in a society with more single parents, and more of both parents working, there are also more latchkey kids these days, looking after themselves until Mum or Dad gets home.’

Pronunciation

latchkey child

/ˈlaCHˌkē CHīld/ /ˈlætʃˌki tʃaɪld/