puerile


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puer·ile

 (pyo͝or′īl′, pwĕr′-, pyo͞o′ər-, -əl)
adj.
1. Immature, especially in being silly or trivial; childish. See Synonyms at young.
2. Archaic Belonging to childhood; juvenile.

[Latin puerīlis, from puer, child, boy; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

puer·ile·ly adv.
puer′il′i·ty (-ĭl′ĭ-tē), puer′ile·ness (-əl-nĭs, -īl-) n.

puerile

(ˈpjʊəraɪl)
adj
1. exhibiting silliness; immature; trivial
2. of or characteristic of a child
[C17: from Latin puerīlis childish, from puer a boy]
ˈpuerilely adv
puerility n

pu•er•ile

(ˈpyu ər ɪl, -əˌraɪl, ˈpyʊər ɪl, -aɪl)

adj.
1. youthful; juvenile.
2. childishly foolish; immature; silly.
[1650–60; < Latin puerīlis=puer boy + -īlis -ile2]
pu′er•ile•ly, adv.
pu`er•il′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.puerile - of or characteristic of a child; "puerile breathing"
2.puerile - displaying or suggesting a lack of maturitypuerile - displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; "adolescent insecurity"; "jejune responses to our problems"; "their behavior was juvenile"; "puerile jokes"
immature - characteristic of a lack of maturity; "immature behavior"

puerile

puerile

adjective
Of or characteristic of a child, especially in immaturity:
Translations

puerile

[ˈpjʊəraɪl] ADJpueril

puerile

[ˈpjʊəraɪl] adjpuéril(e)

puerile

adjinfantil

puerile

[ˈpjʊəraɪl] adjpuerile, infantile

puerile

a. pueril, infantil.
References in classic literature ?
In those early days I had no philosophized preference for reality in literature, and I dare say if I had been asked, I should have said that the plays of Shakespeare where reality is least felt were the most imaginative; that is the belief of the puerile critics still; but I suppose it was my instinctive liking for reality that made the great Histories so delightful to me, and that rendered "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" vital in their very ghosts and witches.
No," said the old man, "and doubtless his adventure is of a nature in line with thy puerile and effeminate teachings.
I must confess that this puerile explanation gave me great pleasure.
This attempt to divert the conversation was too puerile, and Mrs.
Professor Porter deigned to make no response to this puerile inquiry.
He began spontaneously to consider whether it would be possible to carry out that puerile notion of Rosamond's which had often made him angry, namely, that they should quit Middlemarch without seeing anything beyond that preface.
This life by Planudes contains, however, so small an amount of truth, and is so full of absurd pictures of the grotesque deformity of Aesop, of wondrous apocryphal stories, of lying legends, and gross anachronisms, that it is now universally condemned as false, puerile, and unauthentic.
At the point of that angle a short arm joined it to a hexagonal islet with a soil of gravel and its shores faced with dressed stone, a perfection of puerile neatness.
Puerile as such an exercise may seem, it sharpens the faculties of observation, and teaches one where to look and what to look for.
The latter Youth (who used to be called Heigh-ho Dobbin, Gee-ho Dobbin, and by many other names indicative of puerile contempt) was the quietest, the clumsiest, and, as it seemed, the dullest of all Dr.
A puerile tear dimmed my eye while I looked--a tear of disappointment and impatience; ashamed of it, I wiped it away.
This puerile feature in a nature which was conspicuously manly had often given rise to comment and conjecture.