Simple Definition of callow
—used to describe a young person who does not have much experience and does not know how to behave the way adults behave
Examples of callow in a sentence
<a story about a callow youth who learns the value of hard work and self-reliance>
Did You Know?
You might not expect a relationship between callow and baldness, but that connection does in fact exist. Callow comes from calu, a word that meant "bald" in Middle English and Old English. By the 17th century, callow had come to mean "without feathers" and was applied to young birds not yet ready for flight. The term was also used for those who hadn't yet spread their wings in a figurative sense. Callow continues to mean "inexperienced" or "unsophisticated" today.
Origin and Etymology of callow
Middle English calu bald, from Old English; akin to Old High German kalo bald, Old Church Slavic golŭ bare
First Known Use: 1580
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