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  1. a youngster.
  2. Obsolete. a young noble or gentleman.

Origin of younker

1495–1505; < Middle Dutch jonchere, equivalent to jonc young + here lord; cognate with German Junker
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Examples from the Web for younker

Historical Examples

  • Wal, younker, if you've no 'bjection you can lay down and snooze till morning.

    Two Boys in Wyoming

    Edward S. Ellis

  • How can we know he'll give up the younker after he gits the money?

    Two Boys in Wyoming

    Edward S. Ellis

  • The younker has been here, but what the mischief has become of him?

    Two Boys in Wyoming

    Edward S. Ellis

  • One squint, Burton, just to see what sort of a younker he may be.

    Ben Burton

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • That younker with the badge on his shoulder; the un I chased in.

British Dictionary definitions for younker


  1. archaic, or literary a young man; lad
  2. obsolete a young gentleman or knight

Word Origin

C16: from Dutch jonker, from Middle Dutch jonc young
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Word Origin and History for younker

c.1500, "young nobleman," from Middle Dutch jonckher (Dutch jonker), from jonc "young" + here "lord, master." Cf. junker.

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