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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The Duchess of Cambridge is on a low-key visit to a children’s centre in south London to learn more about support being offered to youngsters and their families. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Gucci Bow Blouse and High-Waisted Trousers Will Inspire Your Workwear," 12 Mar. 2019 Seven people, including five of the youngsters and two truck drivers, died in the crash. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Shutdown halted crash probes, could cost critical evidence," 28 Jan. 2019 Authorities in Europe have also started an information campaign to warn youngsters and parents about Momo. Sam Webb, Fox News, "'Momo' horror: Teen self-harms after family is threatened through sick social media 'suicide game'," 17 Sep. 2018 But the recent trade of offseason acquisition Austin Jackson and reliever Cory Gearrin, in order to call up youngsters Steven Duggar and Ray Black, indicates a willingness (finally!) to move forward. Ann Killion,, "Giants, A’s enter Bay Bridge Series on the rise," 12 July 2018 If a youngster has a higher blood pressure than 90% to 95% of other males or females his or her age and height, then the child may have high blood pressure. Fox News, "IVF kids may have higher risk of high blood pressure," 6 Sep. 2018 The youngster has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which weakens muscles and is fatal. Elizabeth Beyer, Indianapolis Star, "President Trump signs 'right to try' bill, praises 8-year-old Indianapolis boy," 30 May 2018 The youngster always had an active imagination and loved to play with Legos. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe High School student Jared Black remembered as supportive, creative," 22 May 2018 Does this youngster have a chance to stick in the majors? Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "In progress: Fantasy baseball chat with Brent Hershey," 2 May 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

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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