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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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  • I must say again that I heartily admire your gallantry and youthfulness.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Somehow that accusation of youthfulness was the spur that drove Patricia to victory.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • But it is doubtful if in his youthfulness it affected him more than a novelty.

  • But there was a sort of freshness and naivete and youthfulness about her which made him use that adjective.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • Her prettiness is of the prettiest kind—that of which the chief character is youthfulness.

    Our Village Mary Russell Mitford
  • No, the morning light had touched their foreheads: the youthfulness was in them.

    Four Americans Henry A. Beers
British Dictionary definitions for youthfulness

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 youthfulness

youthful

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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