young

[ yuhng ]
/ yʌŋ /

adjective, young·er [yuhng-ger] /ˈyʌŋ gər/, young·est [yuhng-gist] /ˈyʌŋ gɪst/.

noun

those who have youth; young persons collectively: the educated young of today; a game for young and old.
young offspring: a mother hen protecting her young.

Idioms

    with young, (of an animal) pregnant.

Origin of young

before 900; Middle English yong(e), Old English geong; cognate with Dutch jong, German jung, Old Norse ungr, Gothic jungs; akin to Latin juvenis

SYNONYMS FOR young

1 growing. Young, youthful, juvenile all refer to lack of age. Young is the general word for that which is undeveloped, immature, and in process of growth: a young colt, child; young shoots of wheat. Youthful has connotations suggesting the favorable characteristics of youth, such as vigor, enthusiasm, and hopefulness: youthful sports, energy, outlook. Juvenile may suggest less desirable characteristics, such as childishness, petulance, idleness, selfishness, or heedlessness ( juvenile behavior ), or it may refer simply to the years, up to the later teens, before legal responsibility: juvenile delinquency; juvenile court; juvenile books.

Related forms

qua·si-young, adjective

Definition for young (2 of 2)

Young

[ yuhng ]
/ yʌŋ /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for young (1 of 2)

young

/ (jʌŋ) /

adjective younger (ˈjʌŋɡə) or youngest (ˈjʌŋɡɪst)

noun

(functioning as plural) offspring, esp young animalsa rabbit with her young
with young (of animals) pregnant

Derived Forms

youngish, adjective

Word Origin for young

Old English geong; related to Old Saxon, Old High German iung, Old Norse ungr, Latin iuvenis, Sanskrit yuvan

British Dictionary definitions for young (2 of 2)

Young

/ (jʌŋ) /

noun

Brigham (ˈbrɪɡəm). 1801–77, US Mormon leader, who led the Mormon migration to Utah and founded Salt Lake City (1847)
Edward. 1683–1765, English poet and dramatist, noted for his Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (1742–45)
Lester. 1909–59, US saxophonist and clarinetist. He was a leading early exponent of the tenor saxophone in jazz
Neil (Percival). born 1945, Canadian rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His albums include Harvest (1972), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Ragged Glory (1990), and Prairie Wind (2005)
Thomas. 1773–1829, English physicist, physician, and Egyptologist. He helped to establish the wave theory of light by his experiments on optical interference and assisted in the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone
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Medicine definitions for young (1 of 2)

Young

[ yŭng ]
John 1907-1997

British biologist whose experiments with the giant nerve cells of squid contributed to the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of nerves.

Medicine definitions for young (2 of 2)

Young

Thomas 1773-1829

British physician and physicist who in 1801 postulated the three-color theory of color vision. Young also discovered (1801) astigmatism and described accommodation.
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Science definitions for young

Young

[ yŭng ]
Thomas 1773-1829

British physicist and physician who is best known for his contributions to the wave theory of light and his discovery of how the lens of the human eye changes shape to focus on objects of different distances. He also studied surface tension and elasticity, and Young's modulus (a measure of the rigidity of materials) is named for him. He is also credited with the first scientific definition of the word energy.
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