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Young \Young\ (y[u^]ng), a. [Compar. Younger (y[u^][ng]"g[~e]r); superl. Youngest (-g[e^]st).] [OE. yung, yong, [yogh]ong, [yogh]ung, AS. geong; akin to OFries. iung, iong, D. joing, OS., OHG., & G. jung, Icel. ungr, Sw. & Dan. ung, Goth. juggs, Lith. jaunas, Russ. iunuii, L. juvencus, juvenis, Skr. juva[,c]a, juvan. [root]281. Cf. Junior, Juniper, Juvenile, Younker, Youth.] [1913 Webster]
Not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; -- said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn. [1913 Webster] For he so young and tender was of age. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] "Whom the gods love, die young," has been too long carelessly said; . . . whom the gods love, live young forever. --Mrs. H. H. Jackson. [1913 Webster]
Being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree. [1913 Webster] While the fears of the people were young. --De Foe. [1913 Webster]
Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak. [1913 Webster] Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Younger \Young"er\, n. One who is younger; an inferior in age; a junior. "The elder shall serve the younger." --Rom. ix.
[1913 Webster]
Used of the younger of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a son from his father; -- usually used postpositionally; as, Henry the younger. Syn: jr. [WordNet 1.5]

Word Net

young adj
1 (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people" [syn: immature] [ant: old]
2 (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity; "new potatoes"; "young corn" [syn: new]


1 any immature animal [syn: offspring]
2 United States film and television actress (1913-2000) [syn: Loretta Young]
3 United States civil rights leader (1921-1971) [syn: Whitney Young, Whitney Moore Young Jr.]
4 British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829) [syn: Thomas Young]
5 United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959) [syn: Pres Young, Lester Willis Young]
6 English poet (1683-1765) [syn: Edward Young]
7 United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955) [syn: Cy Young, Danton True Young]
8 United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877) [syn: Brigham Young]
9 young people collectively; "rock music appeals to the young"; "youth everywhere rises in revolt" [syn: youth] [ant: aged] [also: youngest, younger]
younger adj
1 younger brother or sister; "little brother" [syn: little(a)] [ant: big(a)]
2 used of the younger of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a son from his father; "John Junior"; "John Smith, Jr." [syn: jr.]
younger See young




  1. comparative of young



  • Khmer: (bpaōn) (of a sibling or cousin)
  • Swedish: yngre
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