- characterized by youth; young.
- of, relating to, or befitting youth: youthful enthusiasm.
- having the appearance, freshness, vigor, etc., of youth: She is 60 but her optimism has kept her youthful.
- in an early period of existence; early in time.
- Physical Geography. (of topographical features) having undergone erosion to a slight extent only.
Origin of youthful
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1–3. See young.
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- of, relating to, possessing, or characteristic of youth
- fresh, vigorous, or activehe's surprisingly youthful for his age
- in an early stage of developmenta youthful culture
- Also: young (of a river, valley, or land surface) in the early stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by steep slopes, lack of flood plains, and V-shaped valleysCompare mature (def. 6), old (def. 18)
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Word Origin and History for youthful
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