youth·​ful | \ ˈyüth-fəl How to pronounce youthful (audio) \

Definition of youthful

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of youth youthful inexperience
2 : being young and not yet mature
3 : marked by or possessing youth youthful dancers
4 : having the vitality or freshness of youth : vigorous my youthful grandparents
5 : having accomplished or undergone little erosion youthful mountains

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youthfully \ ˈyüth-​fə-​lē How to pronounce youthful (audio) \ adverb
youthfulness noun

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Examples of youthful in a Sentence

My grandparents are still very youthful. it's still a youthful nation with a lot of promise and potential
Recent Examples on the Web The performance brought a fun, youthful energy to the VMAs, encouraging the crowd to let loose and embrace their inner kid. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 12 Sep. 2021 Indeed, by late-20th century, demographers were already warning of all the problems associated with an impending decline of a youthful population that could sustain global living standards. Tilak Doshi, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Another newcomer, Hotel Haya, adds youthful energy and spice to Ybor City’s historic center. Robin Soslow, Chron, 8 Sep. 2021 Staley shares many of the same qualities with McVay when looking at his youthful energy, innovative approach and communication skills with his players and staff. Jay Paris, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 At the time, Florida was on the brink of getting very tough on youthful offenders but was not quite there. Eileen Kelley,, 28 Aug. 2021 And the core Gap brand needed a youthful fashion refresh. Enter Kanye. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 27 Aug. 2021 Notably, most ticket buyers for the first two concerts were among 25-35 years old, according to Live Nation, a relatively youthful range given the band's 1975 formation by Solís and his cousin Joel. Pamela Bustios, Billboard, 27 Aug. 2021 His checkered Vans sneakers also made the drapey sweater moment feel youthful and not like how your grandpa would wear it. Christian Allair, Vogue, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of youthful

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of youthful was in 1557

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25 Sep 2021

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“Youthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of youthful

: having or showing the freshness or energy of someone who is young
: having or showing the innocence, hope, lack of knowledge, etc., of someone who is young


youth·​ful | \ ˈyüth-fəl How to pronounce youthful (audio) \

Kids Definition of youthful

1 : belonging to, relating to, or characteristic of youth youthful optimism
2 : not old or mature The youthful pitcher handles himself like a veteran.
3 : having the appearance, spirit, or energy of youth a youthful face youthful grandparents

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youthfulness noun

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