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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Examples of youngster in a Sentence

As a youngster, he was very shy. bright-eyed youngsters interested in learning
Recent Examples on the Web There seem to be two bona fide quarterback options in place with veteran Carson Wentz and youngster Jalen Hurts, who exhibited significant potential during his rookie year following Wentz's benching. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's seven open head coaching jobs in 2021, including Philadelphia Eagles, from worst to first," 11 Jan. 2021 The Browns will rely on veteran Adrian Clayborn and youngster Porter Gustin to go on the other side of the line. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns early passing game and 3 other things to watch against the Steelers," 9 Jan. 2021 For Kipp, the Lake Oswego mom, the promise of gold stars for Hadley and painting her nails vibrant colors is helping the youngster stay engaged. oregonlive, "Some parents say enough is enough as Oregon’s school reopening guidelines remain among strictest in nation," 22 Dec. 2020 To help offset Stalock's absence, the Wild signed Andrew Hammond last week and the team has youngster Kaapo Kahkonen to back up new No. 1 Cam Talbot. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild GM Bill Guerin: 'Expectations are the same'," 21 Dec. 2020 Indy fell 2-1 to Sporting KC II on a stoppage-time strike by youngster Bailey Sparks on Wednesday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kevin Johnston, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy Eleven blow chance to clinch playoff berth; season on line Saturday," 1 Oct. 2020 The Rangers have to decide who starts in net — veteran Henrik Lundqvist, who has a .922 save percentage in 128 career playoff games, or youngster Igor Shesterkin, who had the better regular season but has no playoff experience. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Your guide to watching the Detroit Red Wings-less NHL Stanley Cup playoffs in August," 31 July 2020 As a youngster, Samantha Mewis competed with her soccer teammates for the right to don Mia Hamm’s jersey. Frank Dell'apa,, "Hard work and coaching got Sam Mewis to the top of the women’s soccer world," 1 Jan. 2021 As a youngster, she was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a super-rare genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Her heart stopped, but this Minnesota comedian bounced back: 'This is my second life.'," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Jan 2021

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“Youngster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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