youth

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
  1. noun
    a young person (especially a young man or boy)
    synonyms: spring chicken, young person, younker
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    blade
    a dashing young man
    hobbledehoy
    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)
    slip
    a young and slender person
    boarder
    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)
    schoolboy
    a boy attending school
    type of:
    juvenile, juvenile person
    a young person, not fully developed
  2. noun
    young people collectively
    youth everywhere rises in revolt”
    synonyms: young
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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. noun
    the time of life between childhood and maturity
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    type of:
    time of life
    a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
  4. noun
    early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced
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    matureness, maturity
    state of being mature; full development
  5. noun
    an early period of development
    “during the youth of the project”
    synonyms: early days
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    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  6. noun
    the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person
    synonyms: juvenility, youthfulness
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    type of:
    youngness
    the opposite of oldness
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