If you're not a little kid anymore, but you're not really an adult yet, you can describe this period of your life as your youth.

You can use the noun youth in several ways — you might refer to a kid as a youth, describe the group of teenagers hanging out downtown as youth, or talk about the time in your life when you were young and carefree as your youth. In all cases, youth comes from the Old English geoguth, which is closely related to the root of young: geong.

Definitions of youth

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

spring chicken, young person, younker
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a dashing young man
an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy
pup, puppy
an inexperienced young person
pupil, school-age child, schoolchild
a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
a young and slender person
a pupil who lives at school during term time
day boarder
a schoolchild at a boarding school who has meals at school but sleeps at home
latchkey child
a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
a boy attending school
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juvenile, juvenile person
a young person, not fully developed

n young people collectively

youth everywhere rises in revolt”
aged, elderly
people who are old collectively
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age bracket, age group, cohort
a group of people having approximately the same age

n the time of life between childhood and maturity

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time of life
a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state

n early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced

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matureness, maturity
state of being mature; full development

n an early period of development

“during the youth of the project”
early days
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period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person

juvenility, youthfulness
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the opposite of oldness

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