(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth

- young people

Similar word(s): immature, new, adolescent, teen, teenage, teenaged, infantile, boyish, boylike, schoolboyish, childlike, childly, early, girlish, schoolgirlish, junior, little, small, newborn, preadolescent, preteen, puppyish, puppylike, tender, youngish, vernal, young, youthful, junior, immature

2. (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity

- young corn

Similar word(s): early, new

3. suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

- he is young for his age

Similar word(s): immature, young, vernal, youthful

4. being in its early stage

- a young industry

- the day is still young

Similar word(s): new

5. not tried or tested by experience

- a young hand at plowing

Similar word(s): inexperienced, inexperient, unseasoned, untested, untried

Sentences with young as an adjective:

- a lamb is a young sheep;

- My grandmother is a very active woman and is quite young for her age.

- The cynical world soon shattered my young dreams.


1. any immature animal

Similar word(s): offspring

Definition categories: animal, beast, brute, creature, fauna

2. young people collectively

- rock music appeals to the young

Similar word(s): youth

Definition categories: group, cohort

Sentences with young as a noun:

- The lion caught a gnu to feed its young.


1. (informal or demography) To become or seem to become younger

2. (informal or demography) To cause to appear younger

3. (geology) To exhibit younging