[ yooth-fuh l ]
/ ˈyuθ fəl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. youth hosteler,
  2. youth training scheme,
  3. youth, isle of,
  4. youth-and-old-age,
  5. youthen,
  6. youthful offender,
  7. youthfully,
  8. youths,
  9. youtube,
  10. yow

Origin of youthful

First recorded in 1555–65; youth + -ful

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for youthful


/ (ˈjuːθfʊl) /


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.

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