youngyoung1 /jʌŋ/ ●●●S1W1 adjective (comparative younger, superlative youngest) 🔊 🔊 1a 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).2NEWa 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/man4YOUNGseeming or looking younger than you are syn youthful 🔊 Val is incredibly young for her age.5 →young at heart6 →65/82/97 etc years young7SSYdesigned or intended for young people 🔊 I’m looking for something in a younger style.8 →young gun/Turk9 →somebody is not getting any youngerGRAMMAR: Order of adjectivesIf there is more than one adjective, the adjectives are usually used in a fixed order.You say: He’s a nice young man.✗Don’t say: He’s a young nice man.You say: We met a young German couple.✗Don’t say: We met a German young couple.THESAURUSyoung not olda young man of about 22My dad died when I was young.There are excellent facilities for young children.Young people are often unable to get jobs.small/little a small child is very young. Littlesounds more informal than small, and is used especially in spoken EnglishThey have two small children.We used to go camping a lot when the kids were little.teenage [only before noun] between the ages of 13 and 19a group of teenage boysThey have three teenage children.adolescent especially written at the age when you change from being a child into an adult – used especially when talking about the problems that young people have at this ageSudden mood changes are common in adolescent girls. adolescent behaviourjuvenile /ˈdʒuːvənaɪl $ -nəl, -naɪl/ [only before noun] formalconnected with young people who commitcrimejuvenile crimea special prison for juvenile offendersjuvenile delinquents (=young people who commit crimes)youthful especially written seeming young, or typical of someone who is young – often used about someone who is no longer younga youthful 55-year-oldyouthful enthusiasmAndrew still has a slim youthful look about him.The photograph showed a youthful, smiling Rose.junior connected with sports played by young people rather than adultsthe junior championshipsthe junior championCOLLOCATIONS CHECKsmall/little child/girl/boyteenage girl/boy/daughter/mother/pregnancyjuvenile crime/offence/court/offender/delinquentyouthful enthusiasm/energy/face/look/appearancewhen you are youngchildhood the time when you are a child, especially a young childI had a wonderful childhood in the country.childhood illnessesgirlhood/boyhood the time when you are a young girl or boyThe two men had been friends in boyhood.the transition from girlhood to womanhoodyouth the time when you are young, especially between about 15 and 25 when you are no longer a childHe was a great sportsman in his youth.She revisited all the places where she had spent her youth.adolescence the time when you are changing from being a child into an adult – used especially when you are talking about the problems people have at this ageDuring adolescence, boys are often lacking in self-confidence.infancy formal the time when you are a babyIn the past, many more babies died in infancy.