[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.

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 youthfulness



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 youthfulness



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

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