from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A living being that is young, especially a young person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A young person; a youth or child.
  • noun Any young thing, as an animal, a plant, etc.; anything immature, undeveloped, or recent.
  • noun A novice; a new-comer; a beginner.
  • Youthful; young.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Young; youthful.
  • noun A young person; a youth; also, any animal in its early life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective young; youthful
  • noun A youth; a youngster; a young animal.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English ġeongling ("a youth"), from Proto-Germanic *jungalingaz (“youngling”), equivalent to young +‎ -ling. Cognate with Dutch jongeling ("a youngster"), German Jüngling ("a youth"), Icelandic unglingur ("teenager, youth"), Swedish Yngling (a youth, kid). More at young.


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