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youth (n.)

Old English geoguð "youth; young people, junior warriors; young of cattle," related to geong "young," from Proto-Germanic *jugunthi- (source also of Old Saxon juguth, Old Frisian jogethe, Middle Dutch joghet, Dutch jeugd, Old High German jugund, German Jugend, Gothic junda "youth"), from suffixed form of PIE root *yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor" (see young (adj.)) + Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)).

According to OED, the Proto-Germanic form apparently was altered from *juwunthiz by influence of its contrast, *dugunthiz "ability" (source of Old English duguð). In Middle English, the medial -g- became a yogh, which then disappeared.

They said that age was truth, and that the young
Marred with wild hopes the peace of slavery
[Shelley]

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Definitions of youth from WordNet

youth (n.)
a young person (especially a young man or boy);
Synonyms: young person / younker / spring chicken
youth (n.)
young people collectively;
youth everywhere rises in revolt
Synonyms: young
youth (n.)
the time of life between childhood and maturity;
youth (n.)
early maturity; the state of being young or immature or inexperienced;
youth (n.)
an early period of development;
during the youth of the project
Synonyms: early days
youth (n.)
the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person;
Synonyms: youthfulness / juvenility
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