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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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puerile

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puerile

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

puerile

[ˈpjʊəraɪl] ADJpueril
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puerile

[ˈpjʊəraɪl] adjpuéril(e)
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puerile

adjinfantil
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puerile

[ˈpjʊəraɪl] adjpuerile, infantile
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puerile

a. pueril, infantil.
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References in classic literature ?
But this superadded consciousness, wearying and annoying enough when it urged on me the trivial experience of indifferent people, became an intense pain and grief when it seemed to be opening to me the souls of those who were in a close relation to me--when the rational talk, the graceful attentions, the wittily-turned phrases, and the kindly deeds, which used to make the web of their characters, were seen as if thrust asunder by a microscopic vision, that showed all the intermediate frivolities, all the suppressed egoism, all the struggling chaos of puerilities, meanness, vague capricious memories, and indolent make-shift thoughts, from which human words and deeds emerge like leaflets covering a fermenting heap.
A Thousand Days offers breathless puerilities that a stern editor would have removed from a high school valedictory speech.
Aren't we finished with possessiveness--its sodden betrayals, its puerilities, its cuts?
"The New Instinctivism" begins "A proclamation of rebellion against the puerilities in the arts and literature, a manifesto of disgust, a gob of spit in the cuspidor of post-war conceits, a healthy crap in the cradle of stillborn deities." (46) Even if "The New Instinctivism" is taken in the joking spirit both Miller and Perles claim for it, the anti-manifesto itself has a precedent in the Dada manifestos, and Miller's desire to demolish what has come before itself has echoes of Tristan Tzara's own attack on the manifesto as a predictable and used-up form: