Definition of youth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//juːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//juːθ//
    (pl. youths
    BrE BrE//juːðz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//juːðz//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the time of life when a person is young, especially the time before a child becomes an adult He had been a talented musician in his youth. She regrets that she spent her youth travelling and not studying. See related entries: Youth
  2. 2  [uncountable] the quality or state of being young She brings to the job a rare combination of youth and experience. His youth gives him an advantage over the other runners.
  3. 3  [countable] (often disapproving) a young man The fight was started by a gang of youths. See related entries: Youth
  4. 4  (also the youth) [plural] young people considered as a group the nation’s youth the youth of today youth culture youth unemployment
  5. Word OriginOld English geoguth, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch jeugd, German Jugend, also to young.Extra examples He played football throughout his youth. He started going clubbing in his early youth. He was a callow youth when he joined the newspaper. He wasted his youth in front of a computer screen. Her extreme youth was against her. His lack of qualifications was taken as a sign of a misspent youth. I haven’t danced since my youth! She contracted the disease during her youth. She saw it as a chance to relive her misspent youth. She spent much of her youth in Hong Kong. She’s going out with some spotty youth. The new cream is marketed as the fountain of youth. The website targets unemployed youth. Though no longer in the first flush of youth she’s still remarkably energetic. You still have your youth—that’s the main thing. a club for the gilded youth of London a crackdown on youth crime a program to educate our youth on the causes of health problems from youth to maturity in search of eternal youth nostalgia for her lost youth the aspirations of modern youth youth outreach programs run by the charity His youth gives him an advantage over other runners. A 17-year-old youth has been arrested. Many people think the youth of today are not taught proper standards of behaviour. The Royal Family is facing an uncertain future, according to the nation’s youth. an increase in youth unemployment youth politics/​culture
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