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youth

[yooth]
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noun, plural youths [yooths, yoothz] /yuθs, yuðz/, (collectively) youth.
  1. the condition of being young.
  2. the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young.
  3. the time of being young; early life: His youth was spent on the farm.
  4. the period of life from puberty to the attainment of full growth; adolescence.
  5. the first or early period of anything: The business, even in its youth, showed great potential.
  6. young persons collectively.
  7. a young person, especially a young man or male adolescent.
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Origin of youth

before 900; Middle English youthe, Old English geoguth; cognate with Dutch jeugd, German Jugend
Related formsyouth·less, adjective

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Antonyms for youth

1, 3. maturity.

Youth

[yooth]
noun
  1. Isle of, an island in the Caribbean, a special municipality in S Cuba. 1182 sq. mi. (3060 sq. km).
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Spanish Isla de la Juventud.Formerly Isle of Pines.
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  • If it may be avoided, I will not see the whole of your youth consumed in anxious watchings.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • His lines were gracefully full, his bearing had still the alertness of youth.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And can you expect the youth of Athens to be wiser than their gods?

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • “I am afraid he is past ransom,” said the youth, shaking his head.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • On the other hand, youth is often gifted with a credulity divine and unerring.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for youth

youth

noun plural youths (juːðz)
  1. the quality or condition of being young, immature, or inexperiencedhis youth told against him in the contest
  2. the period between childhood and maturity, esp adolescence and early adulthood
  3. the freshness, vigour, or vitality characteristic of young peopleyouth shone out from her face
  4. any period of early developmentthe project was in its youth
  5. a young person, esp a young man or boy
  6. young people collectivelyyouth everywhere is rising in revolt
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Derived Formsyouthless, adjective

Word Origin for youth

Old English geogoth; related to Old Frisian jogethe, Old High German iugund, Gothic junda, Latin juventus

Youth

noun
  1. Isle of Youth an island in the NW Caribbean, south of Cuba: administratively part of Cuba from 1925. Chief town: Nueva Gerona. Pop: 80 600 (2002 est). Area: 3061 sq km (1182 sq miles)Former name: Isle of Pines Spanish name: Isla de la Juventud (ˈizla ðe la xuβenˈtuð)
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Word Origin and History for youth

n.

Old English geoguð "youth," related to geong "young," from West Germanic *jugunthiz (cf. Old Saxon juguth, Old Frisian jogethe, Middle Dutch joghet, Dutch jeugd, Old High German jugund, German Jugend, Gothic junda "youth"), from the source of young (adj.)) + Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)).

The West-Germanic form was altered from Proto-Germanic *juwunthiz by influence of its contrast, *dugunthiz "ability" (source of Old English duguð). In Middle English, the medial -g- became a yogh, which then disappeared.

They said that age was truth, and that the young
Marred with wild hopes the peace of slavery
[Shelley]
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