Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young person, animal, or plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. young; youthful
  • n. A youth; a youngster; a young animal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Young; youthful.
  • n. A young person; a youth; also, any animal in its early life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young person; a youth or child.
  • n. Any young thing, as an animal, a plant, etc.; anything immature, undeveloped, or recent.
  • n. A novice; a new-comer; a beginner.
  • Youthful; young.

Etymologies

From Middle English, from Old English ġeongling ("a youth"), from Proto-Germanic *jungalingaz (“youngling”), equivalent to young +‎ -ling. Cognate with Dutch jongeling ("a youngster"), German Jüngling ("a youth"), Icelandic unglingur ("teenager, youth"), Swedish Yngling (a youth, kid). More at young. (Wiktionary)

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