young thing


: a young person
especially : a young woman
sweet young thing
: a young animal
specifically : a horse not yet old enough to be completely trained and ready for use

Word History


Middle English yong thing young person, from yong young + thing person, living being, thing

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“Young thing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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