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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That appeared to be accomplished for 12 hours this week in and around Kethan Field as somewhere around 85 youngsters took advantage of some high-caliber coaching, learning new techniques and reacquainting themselves with old techniques. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Baseball Camp concludes 4 days of strikes, steals and sudsy fun," 7 June 2019 At the community centers she's helped created in Japan, Nepal and the Philippines through her organization Ibasho, elders work with adults and youngsters to pass on their wisdom. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "The Festival of Books and Ideas serves up a 5-day buffet of ideas for Dallas," 6 June 2019 But the new-look Warriors — Rick Barry surrounded by role players and promising youngsters — started fast and never slowed down. Mark Dufrene, The Mercury News, "A timeline of 10 pulsating Oracle-era Warriors memories," 5 June 2019 If no one comes out, youngsters will forget this incident. Laignee Barron / Hong Kong, Time, "30 Years Later, Hong Kong Still Harbors the Spirit of Tiananmen," 4 June 2019 Last year, some youngsters brought metal pails, others brought buckets or rain sticks and someone brought a tambourine to add to the percussive music. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Welcome summer with drumming celebration on Waukegan Beach," 3 June 2019 But in two years they would be done, and these youngsters would be dominating. Jaide Timm-garcia, CNN, "Women's World Cup: The match that changed women's football," 31 May 2019 Riki Puig, Abel Ruiz, Oriol Busquets, Jandro, Óscar Mingueza and Jaime Guillem have also recently penned new deals, indicating that Barcelona are keen to keep bringing through youngsters from their famous La Masia academy., "Barcelona Tie Down Exciting Youth Prospect Juan Miranda to a Three Year Contract Extension," 10 July 2018 In all, Brennan abused more than 20 youngsters in four parishes, including Resurrection, according to the grand jury report. Craig R. Mccoy,, "In largest reported payout yet, Philadelphia Archdiocese settles abuse lawsuit," 25 June 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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