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[yooth-fuh l] /ˈyuθ fəl/
characterized by youth; young.
of, relating to, or befitting youth:
youthful enthusiasm.
having the appearance, freshness, vigor, etc., of youth:
She is 60 but her optimism has kept her youthful.
in an early period of existence; early in time.
Physical Geography. (of topographical features) having undergone erosion to a slight extent only.
Origin of youthful
1555-65; youth + -ful
Related forms
youthfully, adverb
youthfulness, noun
preyouthful, adjective
unyouthful, adjective
unyouthfully, adverb
unyouthfulness, noun
1–3. See young. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for youthful
  • But he has hitherto exerted his powers in a manner, and on subjects, rather calculated to gratify a youthful than a mature taste.
  • He had dyed his white hair in order to look calm and youthful.
  • Gives legs a firm youthful look and a wonderful feel.
  • His youthful voice provides a running commentary, of sorts, as he hauls his traps.
  • Rose's youthful innocence shines through even in newspaper photographs, as does her unswerving devotion to her husband.
  • In government laboratories and elsewhere, scientists are seeking a drug able to prolong life and youthful vigor.
  • Suggestions have been made that the complete replacement of all body parts with more youthful components could increase longevity.
  • Yet it's likely to amount to little more than an interesting exercise in what youthful effort and ingenuity can accomplish.
  • Older people that do are either unbearably dull or lying about their own youthful activities.
  • We have no knowledge of anything outside of our youthful speculations.
British Dictionary definitions for youthful


of, relating to, possessing, or characteristic of youth
fresh, vigorous, or active: he's surprisingly youthful for his age
in an early stage of development: a youthful culture
Also young. (of a river, valley, or land surface) in the early stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by steep slopes, lack of flood plains, and V-shaped valleys Compare mature (sense 6), old (sense 18)
Derived Forms
youthfully, adverb
youthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for youthful

1560s, from youth + -ful. Related: Youthfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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