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

  • n. A young man.
  • n. A child.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a young man; a lad, youngster
  • n. a young gentleman or knight
  • n. a novice; a simpleton; a dupe
  • n. junker

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young person; a stripling; a yonker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young man of condition; a young gentleman or knight.
  • n. A young person; a lad; a youngster.
  • n. A novice; a simpleton; a dupe.
  • n. Same as junker.

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

  • n. a young person (especially a young man or boy)


Obsolete Dutch jonchere, young nobleman, from Middle Dutch : jonc, young; see yeu- in Indo-European roots + here, lord.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Dutch joncker (Dutch jonker, jonkheer), a compound equivalent to jong ("young") + here ("lord"). Compare junker. (Wiktionary)



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