Youth vs. Young

By Jaxson

  • Youth

    Youth is the time of life when one is young, and often means the time between childhood and adulthood (maturity). It is also defined as “the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young”. Its definitions of a specific age range varies, as youth is not defined chronologically as a stage that can be tied to specific age ranges; nor can its end point be linked to specific activities, such as taking unpaid work or having sexual relations without consent.Youth is an experience that may shape an individual’s level of dependency, which can be marked in various ways according to different cultural perspectives. Personal experience is marked by an individual’s cultural norms or traditions, while a youth’s level of dependency means the extent to which they still rely on their family emotionally and economically.

  • Youth (noun)

    The quality or state of being young.

    “Her youth and beauty attracted him to her.”


    “age|dotage|old age|senility”

  • Youth (noun)

    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.”

  • Youth (noun)

    A young person.

    “There was a group of youths hanging around the parking lot, reading fashion magazines and listening to music.”



  • Youth (noun)

    A young man; a male adolescent or young adult.

    “boy|young man”

  • Youth (noun)

    Young persons, collectively.


  • Young (adjective)

    In the early part of growth or life; born not long ago.

    “a lamb is a young sheep;”

    “these picture books are for young readers”

  • Young (adjective)

    At an early stage of existence or development; having recently come into existence.

    “the age of space travel is still young;”

    “a young business”

  • Young (adjective)

    (Not) advanced in age; (far towards or) at a specified stage of existence or age.

    “How young is your dog?”

    “Her grandmother turned 70 years young last month.”

  • Young (adjective)

    Junior (of two related people with the same name).

  • Young (adjective)

    (of a decade of life) Early.

  • Young (adjective)

    Youthful; having the look or qualities of a young person.

    “My grandmother is a very active woman and is quite young for her age.”

  • Young (adjective)

    Of or belonging to the early part of life.

    “The cynical world soon shattered my young dreams.”

  • Young (adjective)

    Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.

  • Young (noun)

    People who are young; young people, collectively; youth.

    “The young of today are well-educated.”

  • Young (noun)

    Young or immature offspring (especially of an animal).

    “The lion caught a gnu to feed its young.”

    “The lion’s young are curious.”

  • Young (noun)

    An individual offspring; a single recently born or hatched organism.

  • Young (verb)

    To become or seem to become younger.

  • Young (verb)

    To cause to appear younger.

  • Young (verb)

    To exhibit younging.

  • Youth (noun)

    the period between childhood and adult age

    “he had been a keen sportsman in his youth”

  • Youth (noun)

    the qualities of vigour, freshness, or immaturity as associated with being young

    “she imagined her youth and beauty fading”

  • Youth (noun)

    an early stage in the development of something

    “this publishing sector is no longer in its youth”

  • Youth (noun)

    a young man

    “he was attacked by a gang of youths”

  • Youth (noun)

    young people considered as a group

    “youth culture”

    “middle-class youth have romanticized poverty”

  • Young (adjective)

    having lived or existed for only a short time

    “a young girl”

    “young tender mint leaves”

    “the young are amazingly resilient”

  • Young (adjective)

    not as old as the norm or as would be expected

    “more people were dying young”

  • Young (adjective)

    relating to or consisting of young people

    “young love”

    “the local Young Farmers’ club”

  • Young (adjective)

    immature or inexperienced

    “she’s very young for her age”

  • Young (adjective)

    having the qualities associated with young people, such as enthusiasm and optimism

    “all those who are young at heart”

  • Young (adjective)

    used to denote the younger of two people of the same name

    “Pitt the Younger”

  • Young (adjective)

    denoting the heir of a landed commoner

    “Hugh Magnus Macleod, younger of Macleod”

  • Young (noun)

    offspring, especially of an animal before or soon after birth

    “many grebes carry their young on their backs”

Oxford Dictionary

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