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youthful

[yooth-fuh l] /ˈyuθ fəl/
adjective
1.
characterized by youth; young.
2.
of, relating to, or befitting youth:
youthful enthusiasm.
3.
having the appearance, freshness, vigor, etc., of youth:
She is 60 but her optimism has kept her youthful.
4.
in an early period of existence; early in time.
5.
Physical Geography. (of topographical features) having undergone erosion to a slight extent only.
Origin of youthful
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; youth + -ful
Related forms
youthfully, adverb
youthfulness, noun
preyouthful, adjective
unyouthful, adjective
unyouthfully, adverb
unyouthfulness, noun
Synonyms
1–3. See young.
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  • Never had her youthful freshness so appealed to her brother.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He was thinking, with bitterness, of his own youthful indiscretions.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • A feeling of sorrow and pity came over the youthful Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • James Osborne, the youthful cashier, feigned complete paralysis.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • It was, indeed, just the spot to captivate a youthful and susceptible fancy.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for youthful

youthful

/ˈjuːθfʊl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, possessing, or characteristic of youth
2.
fresh, vigorous, or active: he's surprisingly youthful for his age
3.
in an early stage of development: a youthful culture
4.
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 valleys Compare mature (sense 6), old (sense 18)
Derived Forms
youthfully, adverb
youthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for youthful
adj.

1560s, from youth + -ful. Related: Youthfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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