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1. A young man.
2. A child.

[Obsolete Dutch jonchere, young nobleman, from Middle Dutch : jonc, young; see yeu- in Indo-European roots + here, lord.]


1. archaic or literary a young man; lad
2. obsolete a young gentleman or knight
[C16: from Dutch jonker, from Middle Dutch jonc young]


(ˈyʌŋ kər)

1. a youngster.
2. Obs. a young noble or gentleman.
[1495–1505; < Middle Dutch jonchere=jonc young + here lord]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.younker - a young person (especially a young man or boy)younker - a young person (especially a young man or boy)
juvenile, juvenile person - a young person, not fully developed
blade - a dashing young man; "gay young blades bragged of their amorous adventures"
hobbledehoy - an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy
pup, puppy - an inexperienced young person
school-age child, schoolchild, pupil - a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
slip - a young and slender person; "he's a mere slip of a lad"
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Sit down by the fire, younker, and rest yourself; for you'll have to go out with us again to-night, though not very far off.
I was then a younker, and went out with the Delawares, because I know'd they were a scandalized and wronged race.
I'd have had you but for that there lurch, but I don't have no luck, not I; and I reckon I'll have to strike, which comes hard, you see, for a master mariner to a ship's younker like you, Jim.
Then he said, "It's not respectful, sir, of you younkers to be imitating of your relations.
Jason Younker, assistant vice president and advisor to the president on Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations at the University of Oregon, will discuss "Honoring the Resiliency of American Indian Nations";a member of the Coquille Nation who grew up in Coos Bay, Younker earned his doctorate in anthropology at the UO in 2003; guest/gallery admission is $5, free for club members; meeting will be broadcast Monday at 6:30 p.
Norm Younker works exclusively in the area of plaintiff's tort law where he represents individuals in medical malpractice, and death, brain and spinal cord injury claims.
Younker, Rudy Sifuentes, Jerry Sheridan, Douglas Weber and Henry Romero.
You really can judge a book by its cover--a picture book, that is, says Keith Younker, an English teacher at Southridge High School, part of Indiana's Southwest Dubois County School Corp.
Younker spent one hundred days over a nine-year span of time with Putman and his extended family of kin, neighbors, and fellow fishermen.
Zoe Younker, a spokeswoman for State Farm, agreed that the residents' homeowners liability coverage will be the first affected.
Younker, "Review of Archaeological Research in Ammon"; [empty set].