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[yuhng-ker] /ˈyʌŋ kər/
a youngster.
Obsolete. a young noble or gentleman.
Origin of younker
1495-1505; < Middle Dutch jonchere, equivalent to jonc young + here lord; cognate with German Junker Unabridged
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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.

    The Young Lieutenant

    Oliver Optic
  • Louise and the other younker will suffice for all the pupils we shall get in war-time!

    Moscow Fred Whishaw
  • I owe you one, younker, and Im going to take it out of your hide.

  • My name is Whylome Eftsoones, and I was accounted comely when a younker.

    The Heroine

    Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • "By Jove, younker, I'll have you thrown overboard," he said.

  • "Yo estaba, &c." I was a younker doing a little bit of the shepherd.

British Dictionary definitions for younker


(archaic or literary) a young man; lad
(obsolete) a young gentleman or knight
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch jonker, from Middle Dutch joncyoung
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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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