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English adjective: young

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

SamplesYoung people.


Similaradolescent, boyish, boylike, childlike, childly, early, five-year-old, four-year-old, girlish, infantile, junior, little, newborn, one-year-old, preadolescent, preteen, puppyish, puppylike, schoolboyish, schoolgirlish, small, teen, teenage, teenaged, tender, three-year-old, two-year-old, vernal, young, youngish, youthful

See alsoimmature, junior, new


Domain categoryanimate thing, living thing


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

SamplesNew potatoes.
Young corn.



Antonymslater, late

3. young suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh

SamplesHe is young for his age.

Synonymsvernal, youthful

Similarimmature, young


4. young being in its early stage

SamplesA young industry.
The day is still young.



5. young not tried or tested by experience

SamplesUnseasoned artillery volunteers.
Still untested in battle.
An illustrator untried in mural painting.
A young hand at plowing.

Synonymsunseasoned, untested, untried

Similarinexperienced, inexperient

Antonymsexperienced, experient

English noun: young

1. young (animal) any immature animal


Broader (hypernym)animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

Narrower (hyponym)hatchling, orphan, spat, young bird, young fish, young mammal

2. Young (person) United States film and television actress (1913-2000)

SynonymsLoretta Young

Instance hypernymactress

3. Young (person) United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)

SynonymsWhitney Moore Young Jr., Whitney Young

Instance hypernymcivil rights activist, civil rights leader, civil rights worker

4. Young (person) British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829)

SynonymsThomas Young

Instance hypernymEgyptologist, physicist

5. Young (person) United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)

SynonymsLester Willis Young, Pres Young

Instance hypernymsaxist, saxophonist

6. Young (person) English poet (1683-1765)

SynonymsEdward Young

Instance hypernympoet

7. Young (person) United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)

SynonymsCy Young, Danton True Young

Instance hypernymballplayer, baseball player

8. Young (person) United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)

SynonymsBrigham Young

Instance hypernymreligious leader

9. young (group) young people collectively

SamplesRock music appeals to the young.
Youth everywhere rises in revolt.


Broader (hypernym)age bracket, age group, cohort

Antonymsaged, elderly

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