youthful offender

or youth of·fend·er

[ yooth-fuh l uh-fen-der or yooth uh-fen-der ]
/ ˈyuθ fəl əˈfɛn dər or ˈyuθ əˌfɛn dər /


a young delinquent, especially a first offender, usually from 14 to 21 years old, whom the court tries to correct and guide rather than to punish as a criminal.

Nearby words

  1. youth training scheme,
  2. youth, isle of,
  3. youth-and-old-age,
  4. youthen,
  5. youthful,
  6. youthfully,
  7. youths,
  8. youtube,
  9. yow,
  10. yowe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019