Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Youl intransitive verb To yell; to yowl. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Young (yŭng) adjective [ Compar. Younger (yŭn"gẽr); superl. Youngest (-gĕst).] [ Middle English yung , yong , ʒong , ʒung , Anglo-Saxon geong ; akin to OFries. iung , iong , Dutch joing , Old Saxon , Old High German , & German jung , Icelandic ungr , Swedish & Danish ung , Goth. juggs , Lithuanian jaunas , Russian iunuii , Latin juvencus , juvenis , Sanskrit juvaça , juvan . √281. Confer Junior , Juniper , Juvenile , Younker , Youth .]


1. Not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; -- said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn.

For he so young and tender was of age.
Chaucer.

"Whom the gods love, die young ," has been too long carelessly said; . . . whom the gods love, live young forever.
Mrs. H. H. Jackson.

2. Being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree.

While the fears of the people were young .
De Foe.

3. Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.

Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this.
Shak.

Young noun The offspring of animals, either a single animal or offspring collectively.

[ The egg] bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclosed
Their callow young .
Milton.

With young , with child; pregnant.

Young Men's Christian Association An organization for promoting the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical welfare of young men, founded, June 6, 1844, by George Williams (knighted therefor by Queen Victoria) in London. In 1851 it extended to the United States and Canada, and in 1855 representatives of similar organizations throughout Europe and America formed an international body. The movement has successfully expanded not only among young men in general, but also specifically among railroad men, in the army and navy, with provision for Indians and negroes, and a full duplication of all the various lines of oepration in the boys' departments.

Young one A young human being; a child; also, a young animal, as a colt.

Young Women's Christian Association An organization for promoting the spiritual, intellectual, social, and economic welfare of young women, originating in 1855 with Lady Kinnaird's home for young women, and Miss Emma Robert's prayer union for young women,in England, which were combined in the year 1884 as a national association. Now nearly all the civilized countries, and esp. the United States, have local, national, and international organizations.

Youngger noun One who is younger; an inferior in age; a junior. "The elder shall serve the younger ." Rom. ix. 12.

Youngish adjective Somewhat young. Tatler.

Youngling noun [ Anglo-Saxon geongling .] A young person; a youth; also, any animal in its early life. "More dear . . . than younglings to their dam." Spenser.

He will not be so willing, I think, to join with you as with us younglings .
Ridley.

Youngling adjective Young; youthful. Wordsworth.

Youngly adjective [ Anglo-Saxon geonglic .] Like a young person or thing; young; youthful. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Youngly adverb
1. In a young manner; in the period of youth; early in life. [ Obsolete] Shak.

2. Ignorantly; weakly. [ R.]

Youngness noun The quality or state of being young.

Youngster noun A young person; a youngling; a lad. [ Colloq.] "He felt himself quite a youngster , with a long life before him." G. Eliot.

Youngth noun Youth. [ Obsolete]

Youngth is a bubble blown up with breath.
Spenser.

Youngthly adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, youth; youthful. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Younker noun [ Dutch jonker , jonkeer ; jong young + heer a lord, sir, gentleman. See Young , adjective ] A young person; a stripling; a yonker. [ Obsolete or Colloq.]

That same younker soon was overthrown.
Spenser.

Youpon noun (Botany) Same as Yaupon .

Your (ūr) pron. & adjective [ Middle English your , ʒour , eowr , eower , Anglo-Saxon eówer , originally used as the gen. of ge , , ye; akin to OFries. iuwer your, Old Saxon iuwar , Dutch uw , Old High German iuwēr , German euer , Icelandic yðar , Goth. izwara , izwar , and English you . √189. See You .] The form of the possessive case of the personal pronoun you .

» The possessive takes the form yours when the noun to which it refers is not expressed, but implied; as, this book is yours . "An old fellow of yours ." Chaucer.

Yours (ürz) pron. See the Note under Your .

Yourself pron. ; plural Yourselves . [ Your + self .] An emphasized or reflexive form of the pronoun of the second person; -- used as a subject commonly with you ; as, you yourself shall see it; also, alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, you have injured yourself .

Of which right now ye han yourselve heard.
Chaucer.

If yourselves are old, make it your cause.
Shak.

Why should you be so cruel to yourself ?
Milton.

The religious movement which you yourself , as well as I, so faithfully followed from first to last.
J. H. Newman.

Youth (ūth) noun ; plural Youths (ūths; 264) or collectively Youth . [ Middle English youthe , youhþe , ʒuheðe , ʒuweðe , ʒeoʒeðe , Anglo-Saxon geoguð , geogoð ; akin to Old Saxon jugð , Dutch jeugd , Old High German jugund , German jugend , Goth. junda . √281 . See Young .]


1. The quality or state of being young; youthfulness; juvenility. "In my flower of youth ." Milton.

Such as in his face
Youth smiled celestial.
Milton.

2. The part of life that succeeds to childhood; the period of existence preceding maturity or age; the whole early part of life, from childhood, or, sometimes, from infancy, to manhood.

He wondered that your lordship
Would suffer him to spend his youth at home.
Shak.

Those who pass their youth in vice are justly condemned to spend their age in folly.
Rambler.

3. A young person; especially, a young man.

Seven youths from Athens yearly sent.
Dryden.

4. Young persons, collectively.

It is fit to read the best authors to youth first.
B. Jonson.

Youthful adjective
1. Not yet mature or aged; young. "Two youthful knights." Dryden. Also used figuratively. "The youthful season of the year." Shak.

2. Of or pertaining to the early part of life; suitable to early life; as, youthful days; youthful sports. "Warm, youthful blood." Shak. " Youthful thoughts." Milton.

3. Fresh; vigorous, as in youth.

After millions of millions of ages . . . still youthful and flourishing.
Bentley.

Syn. -- Puerile; juvenile. -- Youthful , Puerile , Juvenile . Puerile is always used in a bad sense, or at least in the sense of what is suitable to a boy only; as, puerile objections, puerile amusements, etc. Juvenile is sometimes taken in a bad sense, as when speaking of youth in contrast with manhood; as, juvenile tricks; a juvenile performance. Youthful is commonly employed in a good sense; as, youthful aspirations; or at least by way of extenuating; as, youthful indiscretions. "Some men, imagining themselves possessed with a divine fury, often fall into toys and trifles, which are only puerilities ." Dryden. "Raw, juvenile writers imagine that, by pouring forth figures often, they render their compositions warm and animated." Blair.

-- Youth"ful*ly , adverb -- Youth"ful*ness , noun

Youthhood noun [ Anglo-Saxon geoguðhād . See Youth , and -hood .] The quality or state of being a youth; the period of youth. Cheyne.

Youthly adjective [ Anglo-Saxon geoguðlic .] Young; youthful. [ Obsolete] "All my youthly days." Spenser.

Youthsome adjective Youthful. [ Obsolete] Pepys.

Youthy adjective Young. [ Obsolete] Spectator.

Youze noun [ From a native East Indian name.] (Zoology) The cheetah.

Yow pron. You. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Yowe noun [ See Ewe .] (Zoology) A ewe. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] G. Eliot.

Yowl intransitive verb [ See Yawl , intransitive verb ] To utter a loud, long, and mournful cry, as a dog; to howl; to yell.

Yowl noun A loud, protracted, and mournful cry, as that of a dog; a howl.

Yowley noun [ Confer Yellow .] (Zoology) The European yellow-hammer. [ Prov. Eng.]

Yox intransitive verb See Yex . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Ypight obsolete past participle of Pitch . See Pight .

Ypocras noun Hippocras. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Ypres lace Fine bobbin lace made at Ypres in Belgium, usually exactly like Valenciennes lace.

Ypsiliform adjective [ Greek ... ... the name of the letter ... + -form .] (Biol.) Resembling the ... in appearance; -- said of the germinal spot in the ripe egg at one of the stages of fecundation.

Ypsiloid adjective (Anat.) In the form of the letter Y ; Y- shaped.

Yraft obsolete past participle of Reave . Bereft. Chaucer.

Yren noun Iron. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Yronne obsolete past participle of Run . Run. Chaucer.

Ysame adverb [ See Same .] Together. [ Obsolete] "And in a bag all sorts of seeds ysame ." Spenser.

Ythrowe obsolete past participle of Throw. Chaucer.

Ytterbic adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, ytterbium; containing ytterbium.

Ytterbium noun [ New Latin , from Ytterby , in Sweden. See Erbium .] (Chemistry) A rare element of the boron group, sometimes associated with yttrium or other related elements, as in euxenite and gadolinite. Symbol Yb; provisional atomic weight 173.2. Confer Yttrium .

» Ytterbium is associated with other rare elements, and probably has not been prepared in a pure state.

Yttria noun [ New Latin See Yttrium .] (Chemistry) The oxide, Y 2 O 3 , or earth, of yttrium.

Yttric adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, derived from, or containing, yttrium.

Yttriferous adjective Bearing or containing yttrium or the allied elements; as, gadolinite is one of the yttriferous minerals.

Yttrious adjective (Chemistry) Same as Yttric .