Two young children.
A girl who is only two years old is an example of someone who would be described as a young girl.
adjectiveyoung′er , young′est
- being in an early period of life or growth; not old
- characteristic of youth in quality, appearance, or behavior; fresh; vigorous; strong; lively; active
- representing or embodying a new tendency, social movement, progressivism, etc.: the Young Turks
- of or having to do with youth or early life
- lately begun; not advanced or developed; in an early stage
- lacking experience or practice; immature; raw; ignorant; green
- younger than another of the same name or family; junior: young Jones or his father, the young Mr. Baker
- in a stage of increasing and more effective activity, as a stream cutting deep valleys or gorges
- having undergone little erosion, as a mountain range showing rugged topography
Origin of youngMiddle English yonge from Old English geong, akin to German and Dutch jung from Indo-European an unverified form yuwen- from source Classical Latin juvenis, Sanskrit yuvan-, young
- young people: often with the
- offspring, esp. young offspring, collectively: a bear and her young
- 1801-77; U.S. Mormon leader
- 1683-1765; Eng. poet
- 1773-1829; Eng. physician, physicist, & linguist
- Being in an early period of life, development, or growth.
- Newly begun or formed; not advanced: a young biotech company.
- Relating to, typical of, or suggestive of youth or early life: He is young for his age.
- Lacking experience; immature: a young hand at plowing.
- Being the junior of two people having the same name.
- Geology Being of an early stage in a geologic cycle. Used of bodies of water and land formations.
- Young persons considered as a group; youth: entertainment for the young.
- Offspring; brood: a lioness with her young.
Origin of youngMiddle English yong from Old English geong ; see yeu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative younger, superlative youngest)
- In the early part of growth or life; born not long ago.
- a lamb is a young sheep; these picture books are for young readers; the age of space travel is still young
- As if young; having the look or qualities of a young person.
- My grandmother is a very active woman and is quite young for her age.
- Of or belonging to the early part of life.
- The cynical world soon shattered my young dreams.
(third-person singular simple present youngs, present participle younging, simple past and past participle younged)
- (informal or demography) To become or seem to become younger
- (informal or demography) To cause to appear younger
- (geology) To exhibit younging