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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As the grieving family struggled with how to explain this to Marie, the youngster, who had witnessed sobbing visitors to her grandmother’s home, erupted in day care. Globe Staff,, "She’s been bounced through more than a dozen foster homes. And she’s just 6," 24 Aug. 2019 Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has urged the club's youngsters like Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson to make the most of their run in the first team and to keep believing in themselves., "Mesut Ozil Reveals Advice for Arsenal Young Stars Following Emergence of Joe Willock & Reiss Nelson," 23 Aug. 2019 Big things are predicted of the youngster this season, who seems more than likely to eclipse his performances from last season. Matias Grez, CNN, "Europe's next generation of football stars shine across the continent," 19 Aug. 2019 The event features a 5-on-5 tournament for local youngsters, with the proceeds going to a prominent youth community-service organization. Dan Shalin,, "Pioneer Press 2019 boys soccer preview: Central Suburban South," 16 Aug. 2019 That’s because translating the 2-D youngster, who made her debut in August 2000, into a live-action iteration was about much more than donning the iconic purple backpack and breaking the fourth wall to encourage Spanish with audience viewers. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," 16 Aug. 2019 The aim is to take an immensely skilled youngster, embed him in an environment designed to accelerate his growth, and let the development process take its time. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach’s Francis Jacobs, 14, is youngest male to sign pro soccer contract in U.S.," 13 Aug. 2019 Unlike normal Medicare, which ensures expensive older people, Medicare for kids would insure youngsters, who are usually quite inexpensive to cover in the short run. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Government programs usually cost money. These ones actually make money.," 30 July 2019 While being the new guy for a defense that returns almost intact might intimidate some youngsters, Sharett said older players gravitated to Henderson in high school because of his football intelligence and work ethic in film study. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Xavier Henderson might be Michigan State's next Khari Willis, but different," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of youngster

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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