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youngster

[yuhng-ster] /ˈyʌŋ stər/
noun
1.
a child.
2.
a young person.
3.
a young horse or other animal.
4.
(in the British navy) a midshipman of less than four years' standing.
5.
(in the U.S. Naval Academy) a midshipman in the second year.
Origin of youngster
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; young + -ster
Synonyms
2. youth, lad, stripling, boy; girl.
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  • But now, youngster, I have answered you freely, and I trow it is time that you answered me.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "And at last he was crowned emperor," suggested the youngster.

  • "But they are true, old Nonesuch," said the youngster sadly.

  • The youngster had a way of stopping for no reason whatever and just standing there.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • It is true that I ran away from my mother when a youngster, and thought little of it!

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for youngster

youngster

/ˈjʌŋstə/
noun
1.
a young person; child or youth
2.
a young animal, esp a horse
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Word Origin and History for youngster
n.

1580s, from young + -ster. Earlier was youngling, from Old English geongling.

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