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[yuhng-gist] /ˈyʌŋ gɪst/
superl. of young.
a person who is the least old of a group, as the youngest member of a family:
Their youngest is still in high school.


[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 pertaining 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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Examples for youngest
  • Historically, brain surgery is one of the youngest of all surgical subspecialties.
  • There is a focus, both in the museum and in the memorial peace park which surrounds it, on the youngest casualties.
  • At first, there was fighting and killing amongst the rats with only the youngest and strongest rats surviving.
  • The youngest kids, the article notes, are less averse to inequality.
  • Two of my kids and my husband are science majors and my youngest wants to be a lawyer, and they're all big sf fans.
  • The oldest one's in seventh grade, the youngest one's in fifth grade.
  • They were a few years younger than me, the oldest maybe seventeen, the youngest about eleven.
  • He was one of the youngest people to receive tenure in the university's history.
  • Two questions commonly asked of any volcano are the age of its youngest eruption and the frequency of eruptive events.
  • One of the youngest, has followed her grandparents to the realm of light.
British Dictionary definitions for youngest


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 youngest
O.E. geong "youthful, young," from P.Gmc. *jungas (cf. O.S., O.Fris. jung, O.N. ungr, M.Du. jonc, Du. jong, O.H.G., Ger. jung, Goth. juggs), from PIE *juwngkos, from PIE base *yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor" (cf. Skt. yuva "young," L. juvenis "young," Lith. jaunas, O.C.S. junu, Rus. junyj "young," O.Ir. oac, Welsh ieuanc "young"). The noun meaning "young animals collectively, offspring" is first attested 1484. Youngster is first attested 1589 (earlier was youngling, from O.E. geongling). From c.1830-1850, Young France, Young Italy, etc., loosely applied to "republican agitators" in various monarchies; also, esp. in Young England, Young America, used generally for "typical young person of the nation." For Young Turk, see Turk.
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youngest 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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youngest 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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