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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).

Ȝouthag(e, n. Also: ȝouth age, ȝouthe aige, ȝouthege, youthage. [Ȝouth(e n. and Age n. 3.] a. The fact or state of being young or of a (relatively) young age; adolescence. = Ȝouth(e n. 1. b. The early life of a creature. Cf. Ȝouth(e n. 2.a. a1538 Abell 25b.
King Gald … discriwit till that batell … als wemen of ȝouth age stark of bodie
a1538 Abell 74a.
That sam Duke Henry fand the barn [etc.] … Eftir that he grow to ȝouth age [etc.] … The ȝoung man [etc.]
1540 Lynd. Sat. 512 (Ch.).
Till everie stait I am so [a]greabill … Paipis, patriarks, … Common pepill … Ar subiect all to me Dame Sensuall. Sa sall it be ay … And speciallie quhair ȝouthage hes the cures
b. 1460 Hay Alex. 15457.
Thus thai custmyit thame [sc. birds] into thare ȝouthage
c1460 Consail Vys Man 1.
Qwhay takis plesans in ȝouthage, Off gud and ill to have knawleg
a1487 Gud Wyf & D. 257.
For falt … of teching … Quhilk and thai had in thair ȝouthage [v.r. ȝouthege]
c1460 Wisd. Sol. (STS) 158.
Al my tyme of my ȝouthage
c1460 Wisd. Sol. (STS) 493.
He bidis ȝonge men kep thaim fra wnprofitabile delytis in thar ȝouthag
c1460 Regim. Princ. 166 (Marchm.).
Quhair is thi micht … That to thé sparit was in thi tendir age … Thi gret youthage has put let in delay
1572 Prot. Bk. A. Gibson 1.
We … vnderstanding the gude literature and science of Alexander Gibsoun obtenit be hyme in his ȝouthe aige

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