young·​ster | \ ˈyəŋ(k)-stər How to pronounce youngster (audio) \

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


bairn [chiefly Scottish], bambino, bud, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, sprat, sprout, 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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Anybody remember being in grammar school and learning those scary and, to some enlightened youngsters, silly duck-and-cover drills, which taught us to crouch under our desks and cover our heads in case of an attack? Rick Kogan,, "Ask Rick: Former Nike missile bases on our lake, a rug company's waterfall and other weirdness," 17 June 2019 The novel, whose manuscript Coelho wrote in just two weeks, became a global phenomenon devoured by youngsters, celebrities and leaders like Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Paulo Coelho wants to give his books free to schools and libraries in Africa," 31 May 2019 Footage shows the youngster, who is wearing a red t-shirt, stopping to tie his shoelace next to a parked car. Swns - Joe Smith, Fox News, "Kid tying shoelace run over by car, walks away," 27 Sep. 2018 The youngsters, Calabrese said, are, for the most part, happy to see her and fellow volunteers. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Mayfield Heights dentist travels to Belize to offer her services to children in need," 7 May 2018 Of course as youngsters, nobody wanted to rehearse. NBC News, "For Sue Kim, one of the U.S.' first Korean musicians, K-Pop's success is 60 years in the making," 7 May 2018 Having contributed to six goals in seven U-20 World Cup games, the Valencia youngster's stock is on a continuous rise., "Lee Kang-in: 4 Things to Know About the U-20 World Cup Golden Ball Winner Linked With Real Madrid," 16 June 2019 Her father rescued his first dog, Ginger, as a youngster growing up in Norman, Oklahoma. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "James Garner had a big heart for dogs; Daughter Gigi kicks off animal rescue fund in his name," 14 June 2019 Prince William rode in a carriage on the royal holiday as a youngster, but now has a different role There was a change-up in this year’s Trooping the Colour seating arrangements! Stephanie Petit,, "VIP Carriage! Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Share a Royal Ride for Trooping the Colour," 8 June 2019

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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

somewhat old-fashioned : a young person


young·​ster | \ ˈyəŋ-stər How to pronounce youngster (audio) \

Kids Definition of youngster

1 : a young person : youth
2 : child sense 3 Her youngsters clung to her dress.

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