Definitions for: Youthful


[adj] suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh



Webster (1913) Definition: Youth"ful, a.
1. Not yet mature or aged; young. ``Two youthful knights.''
--Dryden. Also used figuratively. ``The youthful season of
the year.'' --Shak.

2. Of or pertaining to the early part of life; suitable to
early life; as, youthful days; youthful sports. ``Warm,
youthful blood.'' --Shak. ``Youthful thoughts.'' --Milton.

3. Fresh; vigorous, as in youth.

After millions of millions of ages . . . still
youthful and flourishing. --Bentley.

Syn: Puerile; juvenile.

Usage: Youthful, Puerile, Juvenile. Puerile is always
used in a bad sense, or at least in the sense of what
is suitable to a boy only; as, puerile objections,
puerile amusements, etc. Juvenile is sometimes taken
in a bad sense, as when speaking of youth in contrast
with manhood; as, juvenile tricks; a juvenile
performance. Youthful is commonly employed in a good
sense; as, youthful aspirations; or at least by way of
extenuating; as, youthful indiscretions. ``Some men,
imagining themselves possessed with a divine fury,
often fall into toys and trifles, which are only
puerilities.'' --Dryden. ``Raw, juvenile writers
imagine that, by pouring forth figures often, they
render their compositions warm and animated.''
--Blair. -- Youth"ful*ly, adv. -- Youth"ful*ness,
n.

Synonyms: immature, vernal, young

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