Definitions for: Youth


[n] the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person
[n] young people collectively; "rock music appeals to the young"; "youth everywhere rises in revolt"
[n] a young person (especially a young man or boy)
[n] early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced
[n] the time of life between childhood and maturity
[n] an early period of development; "during the youth of the project"



Webster (1913) Definition: Youth ([=u]th), n.; pl. Youths ([=u]ths; 264) or
collectively Youth. [OE. youthe, youh[thorn]e,
[yogh]uhe[eth]e, [yogh]uwe[eth]e, [yogh]eo[yogh]e[eth]e, AS.
geogu[eth], geogo[eth]; akin to OS. jug[eth], D. jeugd, OHG.
jugund, G. jugend, Goth. junda. [root]281. See Young.]
1. The quality or state of being young; youthfulness;
juvenility. ``In my flower of youth.'' --Milton.

Such as in his face Youth smiled celestial.
--Milton.

2. The part of life that succeeds to childhood; the period of
existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part
of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to
manhood.

He wondered that your lordship Would suffer him to
spend his youth at home. --Shak.

Those who pass their youth in vice are justly
condemned to spend their age in folly. --Rambler.

3. A young person; especially, a young man.

Seven youths from Athens yearly sent. --Dryden.

4. Young persons, collectively.

It is fit to read the best authors to youth first.
--B. Jonson.

Synonyms: early days, juvenility, spring chicken, young, young person, younker, youthfulness

Antonyms: aged

See Also: adolescence, age bracket, age group, blade, bloom, bloom of youth, cohort, hobbledehoy, juvenile, juvenile person, matureness, maturity, period, period of time, pup, puppy, salad days, slip, time of life, time period, youngness

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