young·​ling ˈyəŋ-liŋ How to pronounce youngling (audio)
: one that is young
especially : a young person or animal
youngling adjective

Example Sentences

she quit babysitting when she got tired of wrangling younglings who weren't even her own
Recent Examples on the Web While this confirmed the speculation that Reva was a youngling who later became an Inquisitor, her chilling memory of what Anakin did during Order 66 puts a whole new spin on her character. Lauren Morgan,, 15 June 2022 But Reva ends the episode clearly intending to kill Anakin's child (and Obi-Wan's de facto charge) just as Anakin killed so many important children in her own earlier life as a youngling (more on that in a bit). Evan Romano, Men's Health, 15 June 2022 And then, inexplicably, the next two episodes are devoted entirely to the continuing adventures of Din Djarin, protagonist of The Mandalorian, and the youngling Grogu. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 Feb. 2022 Luke—sensing the youngling's divided loyalties—tells Grogu to choose between the chain mail and Yoda's old light saber, i.e., between his love for the Mandalorian and his Jedi training. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 Feb. 2022 Sammy gave birth to the youngling after a 10-month pregnancy. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 16 Apr. 2021 His son, Jett, plays a youngling killed by Clone Troopers. Darren Franich,, 3 Dec. 2019 And now, some super-responsible hunters (read with sarcasm) blamed a group of younglings for illegally killing nearly 60 doves during a hunt in Maverick County. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2019 The offspring of National Zoo tiger Damai, the youngling is bidding adieu to his birthplace, and is en route to a new home at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 11 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of youngling was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Youngling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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