youth


youth
youthless, adj.
/yoohth/, n., pl. youths /yoohths, yoohdhz/, (collectively) youth.
1. the condition of being young.
2. the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young.
3. the time of being young; early life: His youth was spent on the farm.
4. the period of life from puberty to the attainment of full growth; adolescence.
5. the first or early period of anything: The business, even in its youth, showed great potential.
6. young persons collectively.
7. a young person, esp. a young man or male adolescent.
[bef. 900; ME youthe, OE geoguth; c. D jeugd, G Jugend]
Syn. 3. minority, immaturity. 7. youngster, teenager, adolescent, stripling, lad, boy.
Ant. 1, 3. maturity.

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