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juvenile

[joo-vuh-nl, -nahyl] /ˈdʒu və nl, -ˌnaɪl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons:
juvenile books.
2.
young; youthful:
juvenile years.
3.
immature; childish; infantile:
His juvenile tantrums are not in keeping with his age.
noun
4.
a young person; youth.
5.
Theater.
  1. a youthful male or female role.
  2. an actor or actress who plays such parts.
6.
a book for children.
7.
Ornithology. a young bird in the stage when it has fledged, if altricial, or has replaced down of hatching, if precocial.
8.
a two-year-old racehorse.
Origin of juvenile
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin juvenīlis youthful, equivalent to juven(is) youthful + -īlis -ile
Related forms
juvenilely, adverb
prejuvenile, adjective
unjuvenile, adjective
unjuvenilely, adverb
unjuvenileness, noun
Can be confused
jejune, juvenile.
Synonyms
1. See young.
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  • Filled with juvenile emphasis as it is, I mean to give here nearly in full that boyish utterance.

    Theodore Watts-Dunton James Douglas
  • The conversation at this point was interrupted by the appearance of the juvenile man.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • More than all, the juvenile minds were, directly and indirectly, drilled to acquire the habit of paying attention.

    My Friends at Brook Farm John Van Der Zee Sears
  • Truly John was becoming an important figure in the juvenile world.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • It was a real joy to Olive's affectionate heart to know that Roy's juvenile efforts were appreciated by so great a man.

    Heriot's Choice Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for juvenile

juvenile

/ˈdʒuːvɪˌnaɪl/
adjective
1.
young, youthful, or immature
2.
suitable or designed for young people: juvenile pastimes
3.
(of animals or plants) not yet fully mature
4.
of or denoting young birds that have developed their first plumage of adult feathers
5.
(geology) occurring at the earth's surface for the first time; new: juvenile water, juvenile gases
noun
6.
a juvenile person, animal, or plant
7.
an actor who performs youthful roles
8.
a book intended for young readers
Derived Forms
juvenilely, adverb
juvenileness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin juvenīlis youthful, from juvenis young
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Word Origin and History for juvenile
adj.

1620s, from Latin iuvenilis "of or belonging to youth," from iuvenis "young person," originally "young" (cf. French jeune; see young). Juvenile delinquency first recorded 1816; Juvenile delinquent the following year.

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