View synonyms for youthful


[ yooth-fuhl ]


  1. characterized by youth; young.
  2. of, relating to, or befitting youth:

    youthful enthusiasm.

  3. having the appearance, freshness, vigor, etc., of youth:

    She is 60 but her optimism has kept her youthful.

  4. in an early period of existence; early in time.
  5. Physical Geography. (of topographical features) having undergone erosion to a slight extent only.


/ ˈjuːθfʊl /


  1. of, relating to, possessing, or characteristic of youth
  2. fresh, vigorous, or active

    he's surprisingly youthful for his age

  3. in an early stage of development

    a youthful culture

  4. Alsoyoung (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 valleys Compare mature old

Discover More

Derived Forms

  • ˈyouthfully, adverb
  • ˈyouthfulness, noun

Discover More

Other Words From

  • youthful·ly adverb
  • youthful·ness noun
  • pre·youthful adjective
  • un·youthful adjective
  • un·youthful·ly adverb
  • un·youthful·ness noun

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of youthful1

First recorded in 1555–65; youth + -ful

Discover More

Synonym Study

See young.

Discover More

Example Sentences

It’s a rare display of precocity even in a field that celebrates youthful genius.

Known for its exciting and youthful vibe, Royal Oak offers plenty to see and do, with many boutiques, salons, and retail shops, as well as several movie theaters, live theater options, a comedy club, and more.

As the years passed, the two women traced over those youthful visions with the brushstrokes of real life.

Garrett Bradley’s documentary follows Fox Rich, who has spent 21 years doggedly petitioning for the release of her husband Rob, from prison, where he’s been sentenced to spend 60 years following a youthful crime in which they were both involved.

From Vox

In a 2019 podcast interview, Hayungs said he “went to county jail” 17 times when he was young, the result of what he called “youthful indiscretions.”

Julio Cardenas, 25 and an MC from the group RCA, was older but with a youthful smile that hid the harsher sides of Cuban life.

John Paul was youthful in his sixties with a radiant charisma.

I agree with you, but the youthful energy in the libertarian movement foresees a tipping point.

Imagine if you were doomed forever to live inside a youthful mistake.

This was before Cassidy entered politics, and the Republican congressman now calls that donation a “youthful indiscretion.”

For this reason the story of Yung Pak's youthful days may be the more interesting to his Western cousins.

Her youthful vanity had its way in a mind too speculative, intelligent, observant, merely to be shocked.

Much older than I he had long since passed through these youthful phases.

The handsome person and gallant bearing of the youthful knight excited general sympathy and regret.

Her real bitterness taught me what a purely youthful symptom mine had been, and she was rather a clever girl, often entertaining.





youthenyouthful offender