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"Youth is wasted on the young"

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Youth is the quality or state of being young.



From Middle English youthe, youhthe, ȝouthe, ȝewethe, ȝuȝethe, ȝeoȝuthe, from Old English ġeoguþ (“the state of being young; youth”), from West Germanic *juwunþa, from Proto-Germanic *jugunþō, *jugunþiz (“youth”), corresponding to young +‎ -th. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Juugd, West Frisian jeugd, Dutch jeugd, German Low German Jöögd, German Jugend.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Of or belonging to the early part of life.
    Our neighbor spent his younger years in England.
  4. Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.


From Middle English yong, yonge, from Old English ġeong, from Proto-Germanic *jungaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yuh₁n̥ḱós, from *h₂yuh₁en- (“young”). Compare West Frisian and Dutch jong, German jung, Danish and Norwegian ung. Outside Germanic is cognate with Latin iuvenis.


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