[yooth-fuh l]


characterized by youth; young.
of, relating to, or befitting youth: youthful enthusiasm.
having the appearance, freshness, vigor, etc., of youth: She is 60 but her optimism has kept her youthful.
in an early period of existence; early in time.
Physical Geography. (of topographical features) having undergone erosion to a slight extent only.

Origin of youthful

First recorded in 1555–65; youth + -ful
Related formsyouth·ful·ly, adverbyouth·ful·ness, nounpre·youth·ful, adjectiveun·youth·ful, adjectiveun·youth·ful·ly, adverbun·youth·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for youthful

1–3. See young. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for youthful

Contemporary Examples of youthful

Historical Examples of youthful

  • Never had her youthful freshness so appealed to her brother.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He was thinking, with bitterness, of his own youthful indiscretions.


    W. A. Fraser

  • A feeling of sorrow and pity came over the youthful Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • James Osborne, the youthful cashier, feigned complete paralysis.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • It was, indeed, just the spot to captivate a youthful and susceptible fancy.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for youthful



of, relating to, possessing, or characteristic of youth
fresh, vigorous, or activehe's surprisingly youthful for his age
in an early stage of developmenta youthful culture
Also: young (of a river, valley, or land surface) in the early stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by steep slopes, lack of flood plains, and V-shaped valleysCompare mature (def. 6), old (def. 18)
Derived Formsyouthfully, adverbyouthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for youthful

1560s, from youth + -ful. Related: Youthfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper