Youngest
Young Young (y[u^]ng), a. [Compar. {Younger} (y[u^][ng]"g[~e]r); superl. {Youngest} (-g[e^]st).] [OE. yung, yong, [yogh]ong, [yogh]ung, AS. geong; akin to OFries. iung, iong, D. joing, OS., OHG., & G. jung, Icel. ungr, Sw. & Dan. ung, Goth. juggs, Lith. jaunas, Russ. iunuii, L. juvencus, juvenis, Skr. juva[,c]a, juvan. [root]281. Cf. {Junior}, {Juniper}, {Juvenile}, {Younker}, {Youth}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; -- said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn. [1913 Webster]

For he so young and tender was of age. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

``Whom the gods love, die young,'' has been too long carelessly said; . . . whom the gods love, live young forever. --Mrs. H. H. Jackson. [1913 Webster]

2. Being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree. [1913 Webster]

While the fears of the people were young. --De Foe. [1913 Webster]

3. Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak. [1913 Webster]

Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • youngest — gə̇st noun (plural youngest) Etymology: Middle English yongest, yongeste, alteration (influenced by yong young) of yingest, yingeste, from Old English gyngesta, gyngsta, from gyngst, superl. of geong young : one that is least old; especially :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • youngest — noun (plural youngest) Date: 13th century one that is the least old; especially the youngest child or member of a family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • youngest — /yung gist/, adj. 1. superl. of young. n. 2. a person who is the least old of a group, as the youngest member of a family: Their youngest is still in high school. * * * …   Universalium

  • youngest — adjective Most recently begun or formed. I may be the youngest in my family but I still resent being referred to as the baby …   Wiktionary

  • youngest — adj. Youngest is used with these nouns: ↑daughter, ↑son …   Collocations dictionary

  • youngest — Synonyms and related words: adolescent, baby, fledgling, hopeful, infant, junior, juvenal, juvenile, minor, pubescent, sapling, slip, sprig, stripling, teenager, teener, teenybopper, young hopeful, young person, younger, youngling, youngster,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • youngest — jʌŋ n. youth, the young generation, young people; puppy, cub; recently born animal, offspring adj. of childhood, of youth; at the beginning of life; fresh, novice, beginning …   English contemporary dictionary

  • youngest — youn·gest …   English syllables

  • youngest —   Hope loa, muli loa …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • Youngest son — The youngest son is a stock character in fairy tales, where he features as the hero. He is usually the third son, but sometimes there are more brothers, and sometimes he has only one; usually, they have no sisters.In a family of many daughters,… …   Wikipedia

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