a young person.
anything young, as a young animal.
a novice; a beginner.


young; youthful.

Origin of youngling

before 900; Middle English yongling, Old English geongling; cognate with Dutch jongeling, German Jüngling. See young, -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for youngling

filly, sapling, foal, yearling, youngster, rookie, fledgling, youngling

Examples from the Web for youngling

Historical Examples of youngling

  • The youngling of this nest came to the ground and stayed there.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • "I am called Skallagrim, youngling," answered the man on the horse.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Ospakar grew fearful, for he could make no play with this youngling.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • But here I take up this youngling's glove; and on his head be his fate!

    Child Christopher

    William Morris

  • So old Warrenton has persuaded you to seek the Prince's gold, youngling?

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

British Dictionary definitions for youngling



  1. a young person, animal, or plant
  2. (as modifier)a youngling brood

Word Origin for youngling

Old English geongling
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