Young (?), a. [Compar. Younger (?); superl. Youngest (?).] [OE. yung, yong, ong, ung, AS. geong; akin to OFries. iung, iong, D. joing, OS., OHG., & G. jung, Icel. ungr, Sw. & Dan. ung, Goth. juggs, Lith. jaunas, Russ. iunuii, L. juvencus, juvenis, Skr. juvaa, juven. . Cf. 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.

 

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Young, n.

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.

 

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