adjective Date: 1557 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of youth <
youthful inexperience
2. being young and not yet mature 3. marked by or possessing youth <
youthful dancers
4. having the vitality or freshness of youth ; vigorous <
my youthful grandparents
5. having accomplished or undergone little erosion <
youthful mountains
youthfully adverbyouthfulness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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