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Language: Old English
Origin: geoguth

youth

noun
     
youth S2 W2 plural youths
1 [uncountable] the period of time when someone is young, especially the period when someone is a teenager [↪ old age]
something of somebody's youth
the dreams of his youth
in somebody's youth
Many of these people had used drugs in their youth.
2 [countable] a teenage boy - used especially in newspapers to show disapproval:
3 [uncountable] young people in general
the youth of something
The youth of today are the pensioners of tomorrow.
4 [uncountable] the quality or state of being young:
Despite his youth, he had travelled alone.
The cream will restore youth and vitality to your skin.
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


See also
young

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