a child.
a young person.
a young horse or other animal.
(in the British navy) a midshipman of less than four years' standing.
(in the U.S. Naval Academy) a midshipman in the second year.

Origin of youngster

First recorded in 1580–90; young + -ster

Synonyms for youngster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for youngster

Contemporary Examples of youngster

Historical Examples of youngster

  • But now, youngster, I have answered you freely, and I trow it is time that you answered me.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "And at last he was crowned emperor," suggested the youngster.

  • "But they are true, old Nonesuch," said the youngster sadly.

  • The youngster had a way of stopping for no reason whatever and just standing there.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • It is true that I ran away from my mother when a youngster, and thought little of it!

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for youngster



a young person; child or youth
a young animal, esp a horse
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Word Origin and History for youngster

1580s, from young + -ster. Earlier was youngling, from Old English geongling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper