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Topic: YOUTH

Language: Old English
Origin: geong

young

1 adjective
     
young
young1 S1 W1 comparative younger, superlative youngest
1 a young person, plant, or animal has not lived for very long:
a young child
He's younger than me.
You're too young to get married.
young trees
When I was young , I wanted to be a model.
John was a great footballer in his younger days (=when he was younger).
2 a young country, organization, or type of science has existed for only a short time:
At that time, America was still a young nation.
Psychology is a young science.
3

young lady/man

spoken used to speak to a girl or boy when you are angry with them:
Now, you listen to me, young man!
4 seeming or looking younger than you are [= youthful]:
Val is incredibly young for her age.
5

young at heart

thinking and behaving as if you were young, even though you are old
6

65/82/97 etc years young

spoken used humorously to give the age of an old person who seems or feels much younger:
Next week, Bessie will be 84 years young.
7SSY designed or intended for young people:
I'm looking for something in a younger style.
WORD FOCUS: young WORD FOCUS: young
other words meaning young: little/small used to describe young children, especially below the age of 6
teenage
used to describe someone who is between 13 and 19
adolescent
used to describe someone who is developing into an adult
youthful
looking young

a young person: kid informal a young person
teenager
someone who is between 13 and 19
youth
a man or boy between 15 and 25, especially one who is involved in fighting or crime
adolescent
a young person who is developing into an adult
minor
a young person who is not yet legally an adult

the time when someone is young: childhood the time when you are a child
youth
the time when you are no longer a child but you are still young
adolescence
the time when you develop into an adult
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