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puerile

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adjective pu·er·ile \ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-əl, -ˌī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of puerile

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

Full Definition of puerile

  1. 1 :  juvenile

  2. 2 :  childish, silly <puerile remarks>

pu·er·ile·ly play \-ə(l)-lē, -ˌī(-ə)l-lē\ adverb
pu·er·il·i·ty play \ˌpyu̇(-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


Medical Dictionary

puerile

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adjective pu·er·ile \ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-əl, -ˌīl\

Medical Definition of puerile

  1. 1:  marked by or suggesting childishness and immaturity

  2. 2:  being respiration that is like that of a child in being louder than normal <puerile breathing>





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