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 cardboard is a blank canvas, and my youngsters have really enjoyed decorating the Labo kits with markers and stickers. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How well does Nintendo Labo cardboard hold up after a few weeks?," 3 May 2018 Not bad for a youngster who trails only Jermaine O'Neal in 1997 (18 years, 194 days) and Nicolas Batum in 2009 (20 years, 125 days) as the youngest Trail Blazer to make his playoff debut, according to Basketball Reference. Andrew Greif,, "In NBA playoff debut, Trail Blazers' rookie Zach Collins proved ready for the stage," 17 Apr. 2018 One of the children, Devonte Hart, drew national attention when the black youngster was photographed hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest in Portland, Oregon, over the deadly police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri. Fox News, "SUV carrying family accelerated off California cliff, CHP says," 2 Apr. 2018 One of the children, Devonte Hart, drew national attention after the black youngster was photographed in tears, hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest in Portland, Ore., over the deadly police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo. Phuong Le And Tom James,, "Authorities investigate SUV crash that killed family of 8," 29 Mar. 2018 There are some cute turns from youngsters Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Larisa Oleynik, but ask most women and the performance that sticks out is Heath Ledger’s, whose thuggish Patrick Verona made many of us weak in the knees. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 The duchess dressed down for the outdoorsy engagement, sporting skinny jeans and See by Chloé combat boots while making pizza with youngsters outdoors. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Green Belted Midi Dress to Visit Family Action Charity," 22 Jan. 2019 Creating one functional and organized space that inspires youngsters and reflects several personalities is no simple feat, but Joanna's had a lot of practice. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Is Joanna Gaines's Secret to Getting Her Kids to Share Bedrooms," 25 Dec. 2018 In a sneak peek from CBS, the youngster was found at a Navy vet’s murder scene, and has no identification or ties to a family. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Wilmer Valderrama Teases an Intimate Moment Between Torres and Bishop," 11 Dec. 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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