youth·​ful | \ ˈyüth-fəl \

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 \ 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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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 \

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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