From Middle English youthe, youhthe, ȝouthe, ȝewethe, ȝuȝethe, ȝeoȝuthe, from Old English ġeoguþ (“the state of being young; youth”), from West Germanic *juwunþa, from Proto-Germanic *jugunþō, *jugunþiz (“youth”), corresponding to young + -th. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Juugd, West Frisian jeugd, Dutch jeugd, German Low German Jöögd, German Jugend.
- (uncountable) The quality or state of being young.
- Synonyms: juvenility, youngness, youngth (archaic), youthfulness
- Antonyms: age, dotage, old age, senility
- Her youth and beauty attracted him to her.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, “The Purchase Price”, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 6:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
- (uncountable) The part of life following childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to adulthood.
- Make the most of your youth, it will not last forever.
- I made many mistakes in my youth, but learned from them all.
- 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 49:
- 2013 January 1, Brian Hayes, “Father of Fractals”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 62:
- Toward the end of the war, Benoit was sent off on his own with forged papers; he wound up working as a horse groom at a chalet in the Loire valley. Mandelbrot describes this harrowing youth with great sangfroid.
- (countable) A young person.
- (countable) A young man; a male adolescent or young adult.
- 1919, W[illiam] Somerset Maugham, chapter LII, in The Moon and Sixpence. A Novel, London: William Heinemann, OCLC 563525353, pages 274–275; The Moon and Sixpence, 1st American edition, [New York, N.Y.]: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers by arrangement with George H. Doran Company, 1919, OCLC 365836:
- […] and then a youth appeared—no one quite knew where from or to whom he belonged—but he settled down with them in a happy-go-lucky way, and they all lived together.
- (uncountable, used with a plural or singular verb) Young persons, collectively.
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- youth at OneLook Dictionary Search
- youth in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
- youth in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.