youth


youth
youth
has the plural form youths, pronounced yoodhz. As well as meaning ‘a young person’ (in BrE usually a boy but in other varieties a boy or girl) and ‘a young time of life’ (in their youth), it has a collective sense ‘young people’, normally preceded by the:

• The youth of Australia have been saved once more from the dreaded lurgy, marijuana —It, 1971.

In this meaning it is commonly used in attributive position (i.e. before a noun, e.g. youth centre, youth movement). When used in newspaper reports with reference to a person, it tends to be disapproving in tone: Police arrested a 15-year-old youth (in the singular this generally means boy unless otherwise specified, but boy in place of youth in this statement would reduce the sinister import).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Youth — is the period from infancy or childhood to maturity.UsageAround the world the terms youth , adolescent , teenager , and young person are interchanged, often meaning the same thing, occasionally differentiated. Youth generally refers to a time of… …   Wikipedia

  • youth — W2S2 [ju:θ] n plural youths [ju:ðz US ju:ðz, ju:θs] [: Old English; Origin: geoguth] 1.) [U] the period of time when someone is young, especially the period when someone is a teenager →↑old age sth of sb s youth ▪ the dreams of his youth in sb s… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • youth — [ juθ ] noun *** 1. ) uncount the time in someone s life when they are young: In his youth, he had traveled and seen much of the world. the energy/enthusiasm/innocence of youth relive/recapture your youth: The visit was more than just a chance to …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Youth — ([=u]th), n.; pl. {Youths} ([=u]ths; 264) or collectively {Youth}. [OE. youthe, youh[thorn]e, [yogh]uhe[eth]e, [yogh]uwe[eth]e, [yogh]eo[yogh]e[eth]e, AS. geogu[eth], geogo[eth]; akin to OS. jugu[eth], D. jeugd, OHG. jugund, G. jugend, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Youth — ([=u]th), n.; pl. {Youths} ([=u]ths; 264) or collectively {Youth}. [OE. youthe, youh[thorn]e, [yogh]uhe[eth]e, [yogh]uwe[eth]e, [yogh]eo[yogh]e[eth]e, AS. geogu[eth], geogo[eth]; akin to OS. jugu[eth], D. jeugd, OHG. jugund, G. jugend, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • youth — youth, adolescence, puberty, pubescence are sometimes used interchangeably to denote the period in life when one passes from childhood to maturity. Youth is the most general of these terms, being applied sometimes to the whole early part of life… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • youth — O.E. geoguð youth, related to geong young, from W.Gmc. *jugunthiz, altered from P.Gmc. *juwunthiz (Cf. O.S. juguth, O.Fris. jogethe, M.Du. joghet, Du. jeugd, O.H.G. jugund, Ger. Jugend, Goth. junda youth; see …   Etymology dictionary

  • youth — index adolescence, adolescent, child, children, infant, juvenile, minor, minority (infancy) …   Law dictionary

  • youth — ► NOUN (pl. youths) 1) the period between childhood and adult age. 2) the qualities of vigour, freshness, immaturity, etc. associated with being young. 3) (treated as sing. or pl. ) young people. 4) a young man. ORIGIN Old English, related to… …   English terms dictionary

  • Youth — [yo͞oth] Isle of Cuban isle south of W Cuba: 849 sq mi (2,199 sq km) …   English World dictionary


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