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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Other Words from youthful

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for youthful


adolescent, immature, juvenile, young, youngish


adult, grown-up, mature, matured

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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

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And after some youthful rebellion, Beto settled into the same career with a seat on the city council and a major local developer as his father-in-law. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained," 26 June 2019 That kind of energy and spirit fits right in Phoenix’s youthful exuberance. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "A deeper look at Suns' free-agent options at point guard," 12 June 2019 Bold colors and patterns give the room a fun, youthful vibe that can stand up to wear and tear from active boys. Washington Post, "Designing a bedroom for a tween boy: Goodbye toys, hello rocket-building space," 13 June 2019 There is a youthful look to Nadeshiko's squad this year with more than half the players aged 23 or younger. George Ramsay, CNN, "Women's World Cup: Japan's remarkable 2011 Women's World Cup win in the aftermath of disaster," 3 June 2019 The youthful vibe continues with the Theo Croker Quintet, the lead trumpeter following in the footsteps of his famed grandfather, Doc Cheatham. Alison Kuznitz,, "The Monday Night Jazz Series' Avant-Garde Sounds Return To Bushnell Park," 2 July 2018 The hybrids tend to have a youthful vibe in their atmosphere, music and knowledgeable staff, which can assist in narrowing down the vast options. New York Times, "In a Northern Italian Wine Region, Raising a Glass with Less Fuss," 31 May 2018 Similar to a food truck concept, this place is colorful, laid-back, and has a youthful vibe. Susannah Rigg, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Mexico City," 13 Mar. 2018 Much is being made of this year’s youthful vibe, but Jay-Z is in fact a 48-year-old elder statesman, who’s made his most relevant music in years. Dan Deluca,, "With hip-hop getting its due, will the Grammys finally get it right this time? | Dan DeLuca," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of youthful

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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