young

Use the adjective young to describe a person who hasn't been alive very long or doesn't have much life experience. You might feel much wiser and more sophisticated than your young cousins — even if you secretly enjoy playing games with them.

As a noun, young generally means "animal babies," like when a mother duck and her young cross the street, though it can also refer collectively to young people: "The young recover so quickly from being sick." When you describe someone as young, you typically mean that they're immature, youthful, or simply not as old as you might expect: "Kids are getting phones so young these days!"

Definitions of young
  1. noun
    any immature animal
    synonyms: offspring
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    hatchling
    any recently hatched animal (especially birds)
    orphan
    a young animal without a mother
    young mammal
    any immature mammal
    young bird
    a bird that is still young
    spat
    a young oyster or other bivalve
    young fish
    a fish that is young
    baby
    a very young mammal
    pup, whelp
    young of any of various canines such as a dog or wolf
    wolf cub, wolf pup
    a young wolf
    cub, young carnivore
    the young of certain carnivorous mammals such as the bear or wolf or lion
    kit
    young of any of various fur-bearing animals
    suckling
    a young mammal that has not been weaned
    fledgeling, fledgling
    young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
    baby bird, nestling
    young bird not yet fledged
    eaglet
    a young eagle
    biddy, chick
    young bird especially of domestic fowl
    cygnet
    a young swan
    calf
    young of domestic cattle
    calf
    young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo
    kitten, kitty
    young domestic cat
    foal
    a young horse
    piggy, piglet, shoat, shote
    a young pig
    heifer
    young cow
    bullock
    young bull
    lamb
    young sheep
    fawn
    a young deer
    parr
    the young of various fishes
    whitebait
    the edible young of especially herrings and sprats and smelts
    brit, britt
    the young of a herring or sprat or similar fish
    parr
    a young salmon up to 2 years old
    type of:
    animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  2. noun
    young people collectively
    “rock music appeals to the young
    synonyms: youth
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    Antonyms:
    aged, elderly
    people who are old collectively
    type of:
    age bracket, age group, cohort
    a group of people having approximately the same age
  3. adjective
    (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
    young people”
    synonyms: immature
    immature
    not yet mature
    new
    not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
    one-year-old
    one year of age
    two-year-old
    two years of age
    three-year-old
    three years of age
    four-year-old
    four years of age
    five-year-old
    five years of age
    adolescent, teen, teenage, teenaged
    being of the age 13 through 19
    infantile
    being or befitting or characteristic of an infant
    boyish, boylike, schoolboyish
    befitting or characteristic of a young boy
    childlike, childly
    befitting a young child
    early
    very young
    girlish, schoolgirlish
    befitting or characteristic of a young girl
    junior
    including or intended for youthful persons
    little, small
    (of children and animals) young, immature
    newborn
    recently born
    preadolescent, preteen
    of or relating to or designed for children between the ages of 9 and 12
    puppyish, puppylike
    characteristic of a puppy
    tender
    young and immature
    youngish
    somewhat young
    vernal, youthful
    suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
    junior
    younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
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    old
    (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
    experienced, experient
    having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation
    mature
    having reached full natural growth or development
    aged, elderly, older, senior
    advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)
    aged, of age
    having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)
    ageing, aging, senescent
    growing old
    ancient
    very old
    anile
    of or like a feeble old woman
    centenarian
    being at least 100 years old
    darkened
    (of fabrics and paper) grown dark in color over time
    doddering, doddery, gaga, senile
    mentally or physically infirm with age
    emeritus
    honorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title `emeritus' as in `professor emeritus'
    gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired
    showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
    middle-aged
    being roughly between 45 and 65 years old
    nonagenarian
    being from 90 to 99 years old
    octogenarian
    being from 80 to 89 years old
    oldish
    somewhat elderly
    over-the-hill, overage, overaged, superannuated
    too old to be useful
    sexagenarian
    being from 60 to 69 years old
    venerable
    impressive by reason of age
    senior
    older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
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  4. adjective
    being in its early stage
    “a young industry”
    “the day is still young
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    new
    not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
  5. adjective
    (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
    young corn”
    synonyms: new
    early
    being or occurring at an early stage of development
  6. adjective
    suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
    “he is young for his age”
    synonyms: vernal, youthful
    immature
    (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
  7. adjective
    not tried or tested by experience
    “a young hand at plowing”
    synonyms: unseasoned, untested, untried
    inexperienced, inexperient
    lacking practical experience or training
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