youngster

noun
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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Examples of youngster in a Sentence

As a youngster, he was very shy. bright-eyed youngsters interested in learning
Recent Examples on the Web With Mahogany out, Ozzy Trapilo is one youngster who could get an opportunity for more playing time. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 As a youngster, Alan was grounded for skipping the library and playing basketball instead. Rick Barrett, Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2022 As a youngster doing studio work, Marilyn attended school, right on site, as the law required. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 1 Aug. 2022 His uncle, Frank Vernusky, lives in San Francisco and introduced Crawford to the game as a youngster, having him out for the All-Star Game in 2007. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 17 July 2022 Team USA water polo player and four-time Olympian Jesse Smith participated in the games as a youngster and is now a sitting community advisory member for the games. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 Will the youngster get a chance over Tony Bradley as the third-string center? Jason Patt, Forbes, 19 July 2022 But the youngster has never cared much for individual accolades. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 9 July 2022 As the audience gushed, the youngster tried (and failed) to hold back tears. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 22 June 2022 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Youngster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/youngster. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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youngster

noun
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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