Young·er n. One who is younger; an inferior in age; a junior. “The elder shall serve the younger.”
Young a. [Compar. Younger superl. Youngest ]
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.
adj 1: (used of living things especially persons) in an early
period of life or development or growth; "young
people" [syn: immature] [ant: old]
2: (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development;
before complete maturity; "new potatoes"; "young corn"
n 1: any immature animal [syn: offspring]
2: United States film and television actress (1913-2000) [syn:
3: United States civil rights leader (1921-1971) [syn: Whitney
Young, Whitney Moore Young Jr.]
4: 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) [syn: Thomas Young]
5: United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959) [syn: Pres
Young, Lester Willis Young]
6: English poet (1683-1765) [syn: Edward Young]
7: United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
[syn: Cy Young, Danton True Young]
8: 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)
[syn: Brigham Young]
9: young people collectively; "rock music appeals to the
young"; "youth everywhere rises in revolt" [syn: youth]
[also: youngest, younger]
adj 1: younger brother or sister; "little brother" [syn: little(a)]
2: used of the younger of two persons of the same name
especially used to distinguish a son from his father;
"John Junior"; "John Smith, Jr." [syn: jr.]