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[yuhng-ger] /ˈyʌŋ gər/
compar. of young.
(usually initial capital letter) (used to designate the junior of two related persons bearing the same name):
Charles the Younger ruled after his father abdicated.
the junior of two persons in age (often used with a possessive pronoun):
Her brother is seven years her younger.


[yuhng-ger] /ˈyʌŋ gər/
Thomas Coleman ("Cole") 1844–1916, U.S. outlaw, associated with Jesse James.


[yuhng] /yʌŋ/
adjective, younger
[yuhng-ger] /ˈyʌŋ gər/ (Show IPA),
[yuhng-gist] /ˈyʌŋ gɪst/ (Show IPA)
being in the first or early stage of life or growth; youthful; not old:
a young woman.
having the appearance, freshness, vigor, or other qualities of youth.
of or relating to youth:
in one's young days.
inexperienced or immature.
not far advanced in years in comparison with another or others.
junior, as applied to the younger of two persons having the same name:
the young Mr. Smith.
being in an early stage generally, as of existence, progress, operation, development, or maturity; new; early:
a young wine; It is a young company, not yet firmly established.
representing or advocating recent or progressive tendencies, policies, or the like.
those who have youth; young persons collectively:
the educated young of today; a game for young and old.
young offspring:
a mother hen protecting her young.
with young, (of an animal) pregnant.
before 900; Middle English yong(e), Old English geong; cognate with Dutch jong, German jung, Old Norse ungr, Gothic jungs; akin to Latin juvenis
Related forms
quasi-young, adjective
1. growing. Young, youthful, juvenile all refer to lack of age. Young is the general word for that which is undeveloped, immature, and in process of growth: a young colt, child; young shoots of wheat. Youthful has connotations suggesting the favorable characteristics of youth, such as vigor, enthusiasm, and hopefulness: youthful sports, energy, outlook. Juvenile may suggest less desirable characteristics, such as childishness, petulance, idleness, selfishness, or heedlessness (juvenile behavior ), or it may refer simply to the years, up to the later teens, before legal responsibility: juvenile delinquency; juvenile court; juvenile books.
1. mature, old. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for younger


adjective younger (ˈjʌŋɡə), youngest (ˈjʌŋɡɪst)
  1. having lived, existed, or been made or known for a relatively short time: a young man, a young movement, a young country
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the young
youthful or having qualities associated with youth; vigorous or lively: she's very young for her age
of or relating to youth: in my young days
having been established or introduced for a relatively short time: a young member
in an early stage of progress or development; not far advanced: the day was young
  1. (of mountains) formed in the Alpine orogeny and still usually rugged in outline
  2. another term for youthful (sense 4)
(often capital) of or relating to a rejuvenated group or movement or one claiming to represent the younger members of the population, esp one adhering to a political ideology: Young England, Young Socialists
(functioning as pl) offspring, esp young animals: a rabbit with her young
with young, (of animals) pregnant
Derived Forms
youngish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English geong; related to Old Saxon, Old High German iung, Old Norse ungr, Latin iuvenis, Sanskrit yuvan


Brigham (ˈbrɪɡəm). 1801–77, US Mormon leader, who led the Mormon migration to Utah and founded Salt Lake City (1847)
Edward. 1683–1765, English poet and dramatist, noted for his Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (1742–45)
Lester. 1909–59, US saxophonist and clarinetist. He was a leading early exponent of the tenor saxophone in jazz
Neil (Percival). born 1945, Canadian rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His albums include Harvest (1972), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Ragged Glory (1990), and Prairie Wind (2005)
Thomas. 1773–1829, English physicist, physician, and Egyptologist. He helped to establish the wave theory of light by his experiments on optical interference and assisted in the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone
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Word Origin and History for younger



Old English geong "youthful, young," from Proto-Germanic *jungas (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian jung, Old Norse ungr, Middle Dutch jonc, Dutch jong, Old High German and German jung, Gothic juggs), from PIE *juwngkos, from PIE root *yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor" (cf. Sanskrit yuva "young," Latin juvenis "young," Lithuanian jaunas, Old Church Slavonic junu, Russian junyj "young," Old Irish oac, Welsh ieuanc "young").

From c.1830-1850, Young France, Young Italy, etc., were loosely applied to "republican agitators" in various monarchies; also, especially in Young England, Young America, used generally for "typical young person of the nation." For Young Turk, see Turk.


"young animals collectively, offspring," late 15c., from young (adj.).

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younger in Medicine

Young (yŭng), John. Born 1907.

British biologist whose experiments with the giant nerve cells of squid have contributed to the knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of nerves.

Young , Thomas. 1773-1829.

British physician and physicist who in 1801 postulated the three-color theory of color vision. Young also discovered (1801) astigmatism and described accommodation.

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younger in Science
British physicist and physician who is best known for his contributions to the wave theory of light and his discovery of how the lens of the human eye changes shape to focus on objects of different distances. He also studied surface tension and elasticity, and Young's modulus (a measure of the rigidity of materials) is named for him. He is also credited with the first scientific definition of the word energy.
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