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Younker \Youn"ker\, n. [D. jonker, jonkeer; jong young + heer a lord, sir, gentleman. See Young, a.] A young person; a stripling; a yonker. [Obs. or Colloq.]

That same younker soon was overthrown.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, "young nobleman," from Middle Dutch jonckher (Dutch jonker), from jonc "young" (see young (adj.)) + here "lord, master" (see Herr). Compare junker.


n. 1 a young man; a lad, youngster 2 (context obsolete English) a young gentleman or knight 3 (context obsolete English) a novice; a simpleton; a dupe 4 junker


n. a young person (especially a young man or boy) [syn: young person, youth, spring chicken]

Usage examples of "younker".

Slowly, gravely, the Younkers dance up and down the Steps in the Evening.

I was then a younker, and went out with the Delawares, because I know’d they were a scandalized and wronged race.

The descendents of the original city-dwellers must now be almost as old as we are, although there are still some younkers who go to be among them, drawn by the old stories and the lure of the knowl­edge which may still remain there.