adjective (younger /ˈjʌŋgə/, youngest /ˈjʌŋgɪst/)
- 1Having lived or existed for only a short time: a young girl young tender mint leaves (as plural noun the young) the young are amazingly resilientMore example sentences
- Gary Neat, who also lives in the quiet cul-de-sac, said the couple lived there with a young girl.
- Prince Unleashed tells the story of Holly, a young girl forced to live with relatives after a tragic family accident.
- A long time ago a beautiful young girl called Hinemoa lived at Owhata on the eastern shores of the lake.
- 1.2 [attributive] Relating to or consisting of young people: young love the local Young Farmers' clubMore example sentences
- There was no doubt that the young audience loved what they had just heard.
- This was hardly the time to bring out an issue on love, when the young are busy preparing for exams.
- I love being round young writers, I like to think of writers as a community, as a race.
- 1.3Immature or inexperienced: she’s very young for her ageMore example sentences
- She seemed young for her age, had blonde hair, and wore heavy makeup.
- They just seemed so immature and young to her now, even though they were only a few years younger.
- 1.4Having the qualities associated with young people, such as enthusiasm and optimism: all those who are young at heartMore example sentences
- Sr. Catherine paid tribute to all her Senior Citizens for being so young at heart.
- For the young and young at heart, there's also a number of niteclubs to keep those dancing feet tapping.
- The Bangalore crowd is all young at heart, and the people here are always out having fun, she thinks.
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- Offspring, especially of an animal before or soon after birth: many grebes carry their young on their backsMore example sentences
offspring, progeny, family, children, issue, little ones, youngsters, babies; sons, daughters, heirs, descendants, successors, scionsBritish • informal sprogsNorth American • informal rug ratsAustralian/New Zealand • informal ankle-biters• literary babes, the fruit of one's loins• rare progeniture
- Within three days of birth a brood of young may have been led a distance of almost a mile.
- Whooping crane young are fed dragonfly larvae, insects and tadpoles.
- In the spring the hungry animals tear out birds nests and eat eggs and young.
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- My first thought was that perhaps they were turned away for their own protection, with it being quite a youngish bar.
- I suppose it attracted a youngish crowd, but I am not so sure about drugs.
- In 15 years, when the 60's generation of priests are dead or retired and the numbers have hit bottom and start to grow again, the ones who are left will be youngish and orthodox.
Old English g(e)ong, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch jong and German jung, also to youth; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin juvenis.