Youngin (plural youngins) is a common term used around the DMV area, which is Maryland, Virginia and Washington. It’s a country slang referring to a child, kid, or a young person.
It is another way of calling out someone who is younger than you.
Origin of the term
This expression possibly comes from the Dutch word for boy: yongen pronounced the same as “Youngin”.
Even with this information, the origin of the term is still uncertain.
It just a kind of expression that not a lot of people use or know about, so determining the origin of this one is harder than for another, more well-known term.
Spread of the term
This is a term not so much more different from other ones.
It can very much be that this is a kind of term that spread from mouth to mouth, and more people started using it instead of the word ‘young’ because it just sounds cooler.
There isn’t a lot of information about this country slang, but we can definitely hear it from native English speakers. The first definition on Urban Dictionary was written in 2003.
- The Online Slang Dictionary – Definition of youngin’