[ yuhng-ker ]

  1. a youngster.

  2. Obsolete. a young noble or gentleman.

Origin of younker

1495–1505; <Middle Dutch jonchere, equivalent to joncyoung + here lord; cognate with German Junker

Words Nearby younker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use younker in a sentence

  • Sit down by the fire, younker, and rest yourself; for youll have to go out with us again to-night, though not very far off.

  • I've said that if he produces the younker, and we find he hain't been harmed, why we'll call it a joke and drop the whole thing.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
  • Do you remember the time, younker, when I gave the frigate my top-sails, in beating out of the Chesapeake?

    The Pilot | J. Fenimore Cooper
  • I was then a younker, and went out with the Delawares, because I know'd they were a scandalized and wronged race.

    The Last of the Mohicans | James Fenimore Cooper
  • "Well, I reckon every feller in town knew about that before the younker had been here half an hour," grinned the Warden.

British Dictionary definitions for younker


/ (ˈjʌŋkə) /

  1. archaic, or literary a young man; lad

  2. obsolete a young gentleman or knight

Origin of younker

C16: from Dutch jonker, from Middle Dutch jonc young

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