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Examples of callow in a Sentence
a story about a callow youth who learns the value of hard work and self-reliance
Recent Examples of callow from the Web
The Pieper twins, callow fellows born of German immigrant parents, worked together for Burlington Railroad and enlisted together in the Navy.
But Stewart Evan Smith is callow, almost comic, as Chevalier Danceny, Cécile’s besotted music teacher.
Its first act, when the characters are youthful and callow, is delightfully comic.
Jackson had callow wideouts and an overwhelmed rookie QB.
Some read as callow and lazy, while others as wholly compelling.
In Chappaquiddick, the foundation of the Kennedy dynasty is not public service, but Joe’s ruthless ambition, which has made Ted callow, cowardly, and disposed to drink.
And although WhatsApp jokes about Congress president Rahul Gandhi have subsided of late, many middle-class Indians continue to view the 47-year-old Mr. Gandhi as too callow for high office.
But none of that should disguise quite how callow, how dismal, P.S.G.’s elimination was.
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The Connection Between callow and Baldness
You might not expect a relationship between the word 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.
wet behind the ears;
CALLOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of callow for English Language Learners
—used to describe a young person who does not have much experience and does not know how to behave the way adults behave
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