young·​ster | \ˈyəŋ(k)-stər \

Definition of youngster 

1a : a young person : youth

b : child

2 : a young animal or plant especially of a domesticated or cultivated breed or type

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Synonyms & Antonyms for youngster


bambino, bud, chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, squirt, whelp, youngling, youth


adult, grown-up

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Examples of youngster in a Sentence

As a youngster, he was very shy. bright-eyed youngsters interested in learning

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Try telling that to the million youngsters who watch YouTube anyway, while their parents play whack-a-mole, trying to keep their kids away from adult, exploitive, violent and scary content. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Hey kids, Amazon, YouTube & Facebook have a product for you," 28 Apr. 2018 The Special Olympics took Claiborne to a world far from the taunting of other youngsters that echoed through her childhood, and the games provided an opportunity to excel, to win and to belong. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018 There will be 10 inflatable slides and splash pads for youngsters and children at heart. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "A night with Christopher Lloyd of 'Back to the Future,' plus more fun events this weekend," 10 July 2018 The letter signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino also says the organization would like to invite the youngsters and their coach to the World Cup final in Russia, should they be rescued in time and are healthy enough to travel. Fox News, "The Latest: Croatia World Cup squad offers Thai boys support," 6 July 2018 Out-of-city visitors will see their daily rates double, to $6 for youngsters and seniors and $8 for adults . Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Poway Swim Center won't open until after Labor Day," 27 June 2018 Baseball moves too slowly for many youngsters and lacks the NBA’s glitz. Randy Maniloff, WSJ, "Flying Hot Dogs Make Bad Law," 26 June 2018 Who knows how things might look in 2022 with a team of built around emerging youngsters and the other-worldly skills of Christian Pulisic. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The United States' World Cup failure is looking worse every day," 19 June 2018 The youngster and his dad were checking out the new Andean bear exhibit when one of its residents, Luka the bear, came over to play. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Watch This Adorable Little Boy and Bear Jump in Unison at Nashville Zoo," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of youngster

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of youngster was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of youngster

: a young person


young·​ster | \ˈyəŋ-stər \

Kids Definition of youngster

1 : a young person : youth

2 : child sense 3 Her youngsters clung to her dress.

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to express warning or disapproval

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