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cal·low

 (kăl′ō)
adj.
Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature: a callow young man.

[Middle English calwe, bald, from Old English calu.]

cal′low·ness n.

callow

(ˈkæləʊ)
adj
1. lacking experience of life; immature
2. (Zoology) rare (of a young bird) unfledged and usually lacking feathers
[Old English calu; related to Old High German kalo, Old Slavonic golú bare, naked, Lithuanian galva head, Latin calvus bald]
ˈcallowness n

Callow

(ˈkæləʊ)
n
(Biography) Simon. born 1949, British actor and theatre director

cal•low

(ˈkæl oʊ)

adj.
1. immature or inexperienced: a callow youth.
2. (of a young bird) featherless; unfledged.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English calu bald, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kale, Old High German chalo bald, Old Church Slavonic golŭ bare]
cal′low•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.callow - young and inexperiencedcallow - young and inexperienced; "a fledgling enterprise"; "a fledgling skier"; "an unfledged lawyer"
inexperienced, inexperient - lacking practical experience or training

callow

adjective inexperienced, juvenile, naive, immature, raw, untried, green, unsophisticated, puerile, guileless, jejune, unfledged Although he's 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
Translations

callow

[ˈkæləʊ] ADJ (= immature) [youth] → imberbe, bisoño

callow

[ˈkæləʊ] adj [youth] → sans expérience (de la vie)call sign call signal nindicatif m (d'appel)call-up [ˈkɔːlʌp] n
(= military service) → appel m (sous les drapeaux)
(British) (= selection for team) → sélection fcall-up papers nplpapiers mpl militaires

callow

adjunreif; ideas etcunausgegoren; a callow youthein grüner Junge (inf)

callow

[ˈkæləʊ] adjimmaturo/a
References in classic literature ?
With a dainty gesture of the hand signifying "Spare me your callow enthusiasms, good friend.
Jansenius, feared for Agatha, who, time after time when a callow gentleman of wealth and position was introduced to her, drove him brusquely away as soon as he ventured to hint that 200 his affections were concerned in their acquaintanceship.
Don't be surprised at that," returned the musician; "for with the callow poets of our day the way is for every one to write as he pleases and pilfer where he chooses, whether it be germane to the matter or not, and now-a-days there is no piece of silliness they can sing or write that is not set down to poetic licence.
He was so different from the callow youths and dapper fellows who had heretofore worshipped at her shrine.
Happily, however, during that spring, they never, but once, got anything but empty nests, or eggs--being too impatient to leave them till the birds were hatched; that once, Tom, who had been with his uncle into the neighbouring plantation, came running in high glee into the garden, with a brood of little callow nestlings in his hands.
And then our jolly little nest here would be broken up -- and we poor callow nestlings thrown out on the cruel world of boardinghouses again.
Did she fancy, he wondered, that he was a callow boy to dance to any tune of her piping--that he had never before seen a beautiful woman who wanted her own way?
He remembered the thrill that was his, a callow youth of fifteen, when, in Tempas Butte, through lack of a fourth man, Tom Galsworthy, the gambler, had said, "Get in, Kid; take a hand.
They are not callow like the young of most birds, but more perfectly developed and precocious even than chickens.
Flowered, he will assist at love-making, wreathed in my lady's nut-brown hair; young and callow and unblossomed, he goes into the boiling pot and delivers the word of his sovereign mistress.
Early in the morning and late at night he was to be seen half out of window, administering to the varied wants of his callow brood.
I judged that the second officer--a callow youth with an unpromising face--was not, to put it mildly, of that invaluable stuff from which a commander's right hand is made.