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

  • adj. Characterized by youth; young.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or suggesting youth. See Synonyms at young.
  • adj. In an early stage of development; new.
  • adj. Geology Young: a youthful streambed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Young or seeming young.
  • adj. Characteristic of young people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not yet mature or aged; young.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the early part of life; suitable to early life
  • adj. Fresh; vigorous, as in youth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In physical geography, exhibiting an early stage of the geographical cycle; young.
  • Possessing or characterized by youth; not yet aged; not yet arrived at mature years; being in the early stage of life; young; juvenile.
  • Pertaining or belonging or suitable to the early part of life: as, youthful days; youthful age.
  • Fresh and vigorous, as in youth.
  • Early in time.
  • =Syn.1-3. Youthful, Juvenile, Boyish, Puerile. Youthful is generally used in a good sense: as, youthful looks or sports; juvenile indifferently, but if in a bad sense not strongly so: as, the poem was a rather juvenile performance; boyish rather more often, but not necessarily, in some contempt: as, a boyish manner; boyish enthusiasm; puerile always in marked contempt, as a synonym for silly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

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