young·​ling | \ ˈyəŋ-liŋ How to pronounce youngling (audio) \

Definition of youngling

: one that is young especially : a young person or animal

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youngling adjective

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bairn [chiefly Scottish], bambino, bud, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, sprat, sprout, squirt, whelp, youngster, youth


adult, grown-up

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Examples of youngling in a Sentence

she quit babysitting when she got tired of wrangling younglings who weren't even her own

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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, "Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diego," 11 Sep. 2017 Balmy, albeit sloppy, conditions Monday meant even the younglings could partake in early efforts in the annual Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Treasure hunters enjoy early weather, fear coming weather," 23 Jan. 2017 The Crayola Story Studio Star Wars edition allows your youngling to put themselves in the boots of a true Jedi Padawan. Dak, WIRED, "Crayola Story Studio — Star Wars Edition," 17 May 2012 There’s the blue one Anakin built for himself somewhere between giving his opinions on sand in Episode II and massacring a group of younglings in Episode III. Joanna Robinson,, "Star Wars: Inside the Troubled Past and Exciting Future of Rey’s Lightsaber," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of youngling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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