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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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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Former teammate John Terry was rumoured to be closing in on a deal at Pride Park, but Lampard has now turned his attention to a more youthful defender in Jay Dasilva., "Derby Boss Frank Lampard Readying to Raid Former Club Chelsea for Highly-Rated Youngster," 13 June 2018 Its first act, when the characters are youthful and callow, is delightfully comic. Julia M. Klein,, "Act II Playhouse's 'Camelot' a scaled-down yet powerful portrayal," 27 May 2018 Yet Southgate sounded optimistic about the future of his youthful side., "England Boss Gareth Southgate Hails Young Lions' Progress Despite Painful World Cup Elimination," 12 July 2018 All those blowouts seem a regrettable youthful excess, like cigarettes. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 Bay View, at the southern edge of the city, is a lakefront neighborhood known for its cute arts and crafts bungalows, hip bars and restaurants, and youthful vibe. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why Milwaukee, Wisconsin Is the Midwest’s Coolest (and Most Underrated) City," 10 July 2018 After exiting the 2014 World Cup without winning a game in the group stage, the squad has been remodeled with a youthful, more street-wise mentality by Southgate at his first major tournament as coach. Fox News, "England break World Cup shootout jinx, advance to quarterfinals," 3 July 2018 Jada Pinkett Smith is feeling very youthful after a vaginal rejuvenation. Julie Mazziotta,, "Jada Pinkett Smith Says Her Vagina Feels Younger After 3 Rejuvenation Treatments," 19 June 2018 Yet Takahashi, who last season did an inventive show about the notion of doubleness, didn’t milk the youthful vibe. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "The Case for Apolitical Fashion," 3 Mar. 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 \

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

Other Words from youthful

youthfulness noun

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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