AskDefine | Define juvenile

Dictionary Definition

juvenile adj
1 of or relating to or characteristic of or appropriate for children or young people; "juvenile diabetes"; "juvenile fashions"
2 displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; "adolescent insecurity"; "jejune responses to our problems"; "their behavior was juvenile"; "puerile jokes" [syn: adolescent, jejune, puerile] n : a youthful person [syn: juvenile person] [ant: adult]

User Contributed Dictionary



iuvenis, young


  1. young; not fully developed
  2. characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish


young; not fully developed
characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish


  1. a prepubescent child
  2. a person not legally of age, or who is younger than may be charged with an offence
  3. an animal that is not sexually mature
  4. an actor playing a child's role


a prepubescent child
a person not legally of age, or who is younger than may be charged with an offence
an animal that is not sexually mature
an actor playing a child's role

Extensive Definition

Juvenile may refer to:
juvenile in German: Juvenile (Begriffsklärung)
juvenile in Indonesian: Yuvenil
juvenile in Dutch: Juveniel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Roscius, actor, actress, adolescent, antagonist, at half cock, baby, babyish, bad guy, barnstormer, best seller, book, bound book, boy, callow, character, character actor, character man, character woman, chickabiddy, child actor, childish, classic, coloring book, definitive work, diseur, diseuse, dramatizer, feeder, fledgling, florescent, flowering, foil, folio, girl, great work, green, half-baked, half-cocked, half-grown, hardback, heavy, histrio, histrion, hopeful, ill-digested, immature, impubic, infant, infantile, ingenue, junior, juvenal, juvenescent, juvenile book, kid, limp-cover book, magnum opus, matinee idol, mime, mimer, mimic, minor, monologist, moppet, mummer, nipper, nonbook, notebook, novel, opus, opuscule, opusculum, pantomime, pantomimist, paperback, picture book, playactor, playbook, player, pocket book, prayer book, production, protean actor, psalmbook, psalter, pubescent, publication, puerile, puss, raw, reciter, sapling, serial, sketchbook, slip, soft-cover, songbook, soubrette, sprig, stage performer, stage player, standard work, stooge, storybook, straight man, stripling, stroller, strolling player, teenaged, teenager, teener, teenybopper, theatrical, thespian, title, tome, trade book, trouper, underripe, unfledged, ungrown, unmellowed, unripe, unseasoned, unsophisticated, utility man, villain, volume, work, writing, young, young hopeful, young person, younger, youngest, youngling, youngster, youth, youthful, youthlike, youthy
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