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n., pl. youths (yuθs, yuðz)
See Also: AGE
- As young as truth —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- At sixty-eight, he is as pink and fat as a baby, ingenuous as a teenager —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Between eighteen and twenty, life is like an exchange where one buys stocks, not with money, but with actions —André Malraux
- Childish, like believing in Beauty and the Beast —Janet Flanner
- Each youth is like a child born in the night who sees the sun rise and thinks that yesterday never existed —W. Somerset Maugham
- He is like one of those young-old engineers at Boeing, who at seventy wear bow ties and tinker in their workshops —Walker Percy
- It is like a long hopeless homesickness … missing those young days —Grace Paley
- Like the tongue that seeks the missing tooth I yearned for my extracted youth —Ogden Nash
- Looked about sixteen and as defenseless as a babe at a Mafia convention —Jimmy Sangster
- Midway between youth and age like a man who has missed his train: too late for the last and too early for the next —George Bernard Shaw
- Seemed as perpetually youthful as movie stars —Donald Justice
- She was just eighteen, rich and warm as one eagerly waiting for the play to begin —Arthur Schopenhauer
- Their [young people’s] impulses are keen but not deep-rooted … like sick people’s attacks of hunger —Aristotle
- The young leading the young is like the blind leading the blind —Lord Chesterfield
- Youth … flashing like a star out of the twilight —Willa Cather
The simile is from an introductory poem to Cather’s novel, O Pioneer.
- Youthful rashness skips like a hare over the meshes of good counsel —William Shakespeare
- Youth is like spring, an overpraised season: delightful if it happen to be a favored one, but in practice very rarely favored and more remarkable, as a general rule, for biting east winds than genial breezes —Samuel Butler
- Youth … it did not go by me like a flitting dream. Tuesdays and Wednesdays were as gay as Saturday nights —Grace Paley
- Youth like summer morn … youth like summer brave —William Shakespeare
Shakespeare used these similes in his poem, The Passionate Pilgrim, to describe the pleasures of youth, alternating them with comparisons about age and the weather.
See Also: AGE
- (My) youth passed like a sleep —Dame Edith Sitwell
|Noun||1.||youth - a young person (especially a young man or boy)|
blade - a dashing young man; "gay young blades bragged of their amorous adventures"
hobbledehoy - an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy
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"
|2.||youth - young people collectively; "rock music appeals to the young"; "youth everywhere rises in revolt"|
|3.||youth - the time of life between childhood and maturity|
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
adolescence - the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
|4.||youth - early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced|
|5.||youth - an early period of development; "during the youth of the project"|
|6.||youth - the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person|
youngness - the opposite of oldness
immaturity age, maturity, old age, adulthood, later life, manhood or womanhood
boy grown-up, adult, pensioner, senior citizen, OAP
young people old people, the old, the aged, the elderly
"Youth's a stuff will not endure" [William Shakespeare]
"Young men have more virtue than old men; they have more generous sentiments in every respect" [Dr. Johnson]
"Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself anything, is forgiven nothing" [George Bernard Shaw Maxims for Revolutionists]
"Whom the gods love dies young" [Menander Mouostichoi]
"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,"
"But to be young was very heaven" [William Wordsworth The Prelude]
"Youth is a disease that must be borne with patiently! Time, indeed, will cure it" [R.H. Benson]
"I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own" [Margaret Atwood Hair Jewelry]
"Hope I die before I get old" [Pete Townshend My Generation]
"Youth must be served"
youth employment scheme N → plan m de empleo juvenil
youth hostel N → albergue m juvenil
youth hostelling N to go youth hostelling → pasar las vacaciones en albergues juveniles
youth worker N (Brit) (= social worker) asistente social que se encarga de adolescentes menores de 18 años; (= community worker) empleado del municipio que trabaja con grupos de jóvenes en la comunidad