puerile


pu·er·ile

adjective \ˈpy(-ə)r-əl, -ˌī(-ə)l\

: silly or childish especially in a way that shows a lack of seriousness or good judgment

Full Definition of PUERILE

1
:  juvenile
2
:  childish, silly <puerile remarks>
pu·er·ile·ly \-ə(l)-lē, -ˌī(-ə)l-lē\ adverb
pu·er·il·i·ty \ˌpy(-ə)r-ˈi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of PUERILE

  1. <told the teenagers that such puerile behavior would not be tolerated during the ceremony>
  2. <allowed the company to be taken over by a bunch of puerile whippersnappers fresh out of business school>

Origin of PUERILE

French or Latin; French puéril, from Latin puerilis, from puer boy, child; akin to Sanskrit putra son, child and perhaps to Greek pais boy, child — more at few
First Known Use: 1652

pu·er·ile

adjective \ˈpy(-ə)r-əl, -ˌīl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUERILE

1
: marked by or suggesting childishness and immaturity
2
: being respiration that is like that of a child in being louder than normal <puerile breathing>

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