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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Ante Rebic looks to be a promising youngster, scoring in Croatia's extraordinary win over Argentina in the group stage., "The Stars are Aligned in Russia 2018 for Underdogs Croatia to Seize the Ultimate Footballing Prize," 8 July 2018 The rest are youngsters who came across the border alone. Washington Post, "Where are the migrant child facilities? Scattered across America," 21 June 2018 Rodrigo Bentancur Age: 20 Nation: Uruguay Position: Midfielder Club team: Juventus Bentancur is a fast-rising youngster for a team that figures to at least make it out of the group stage. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "FIFA World Cup: 14 players who could be in next wave of soccer’s elite," 14 June 2018 After the projects were completed, the youngsters were treated to a snack of crackers, cheese, and juice. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Preschool Kids Bond With Seniors Over Mother's Day Gifts," 30 May 2018 That means more than 44,200 youngsters face being held back, but typically about half the students with level 1 scores move to fourth grade anyway. Leslie Postal,, "Third-grade reading scores on FSA exam fall in 2018," 25 May 2018 But by Monday evening, parents were allowed to come to the schools to pick up their youngsters. NBC News, "Manhunt for suspects in Baltimore area after officer killed," 22 May 2018 The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence. Fox News, "Oliver North on NRA's response to Texas school shooting; Sen. Lindsey Graham on status of Trump-Kim summit," 20 May 2018 The two youngsters were introduced by Baldwin's father, actor Stephen Baldwin. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin: An Engagement Playlist of Bieber's Best Love Songs," 9 July 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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