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


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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That's why some parents are using pool noodles to ensure their pool is a safe play zone for youngsters. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's How to Safely Kid-Proof Your Stock Tank Pool With Pool Noodles," 5 Aug. 2018 The offer, which let customers with youngsters in tow buy a bear and pay their current age with a cap at $29, was also available at its United Kingdom stores., "Two friends who worked at different pharmaceutical companies convicted of insider trading," 12 July 2018 This doesn't mean Green, 32, and Vanek, 34, can't help the bevy of youngsters in the locker room or on the way. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Did Detroit Red Wings help or hurt rebuild with veteran signings?," 8 July 2018 The former Arizona State linebacker is working to keep his pro football dreams alive and to give hope to youngsters in his old neighborhood. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Former ASU football star Antonio Longino refuses to give up on dreams," 30 June 2018 Alongside Ings on his way out of the Anfield exit door will be Simon Mignolet, youngster Ryan Kent and Daniel Sturridge - who is wanted by Fenerbache and Sevilla., "Crystal Palace Interested in Pursuing Summer Move for Out-Of-Favour Liverpool Star," 19 June 2018 Although currently unfinished, Eric’s mural – which features the Elder baseball logo breaking through cracked glass like a youngster ripping a wayward foul ball through a neighbor’s window – is nearly complete. Adam Baum,, "Eric Aufderbeck: The 'heart' of Elder's baseball team," 27 Apr. 2018 Raeburn is one of three brothers who grew up in rural Kent, outside of London, and joined the Air Cadet, the junior arm of the Royal Air Force, as a youngster. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Timberland’s First-Ever Creative Director, Christopher Raeburn, Talks," 25 Oct. 2018 As a youngster, Mr. Tucker might have resembled one of Mr. Lee’s characters. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Latest Spike Lee Joint: Paid NYPD Consultant," 16 Aug. 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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marked by shyness and lack of polish

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