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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The program is highly recommended to youngsters and proven to help pros alike. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Planet Hockey offers young players chance to improve skill set at Willowbrook camp," 11 July 2018 The law was prompted by an outbreak of measles in 2014 that was traced to youngsters at Disneyland who had not been vaccinated. Bob Egelko,, "California’s mandatory-vaccination law survives court test," 3 July 2018 The visceral memory of a parent can fade quickly in the mind of toddler, compared to more mature youngsters. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Reuniting and Detaining Migrant Families Pose New Mental Health Risks," 22 June 2018 The city has sought to diversify the specialized high schools by offering free test-prep classes to disadvantaged youngsters but those efforts have not yielded measurable results. Washington Post, "Plan to diversify elite NYC schools draws fire from Asians," 9 June 2018 Another suggested that all fish prefer to be in shallower water, but when the population gets too big, the seniors get shunted out of prime territory by the youngsters and have to live in deeper waters. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ecological “law” turns out to just be the result of us fishing," 8 June 2018 Thankfully, the venerable trio of Weir, Kreutzmann and Hart didn't yield the entire night to the band's relative youngsters. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "4 reasons why Dead & Company go where John Mayer takes them," 7 June 2018 Some beckon boys to join them at a small sidewalk café, while others sidle up to youngsters sitting on benches or approach those at the entrance to the subway. NBC News, "Young migrants trapped in Greece find that life in West isn't what they hoped for," 15 Apr. 2018 Her son is involved with Sole Brothers Inc., a nonprofit that gives shoes to youngsters who need them all over the world. Jennie Key,, "Kyle Plush: 'A young man of keen intelligence, good humor and great courage'," 13 Apr. 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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