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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
In Dunn and Raskin’s book, which is told from the perspective of two college freshmen, this joint scorn for the world outside their double-helix is intended to come off as charming, if not a bit callow.
The Rams had a mediocre journeyman (Case Keenum) keeping the seat warm for a callow rookie (Jared Goff), and the Bears’ situation fits the same description.
The childhood death of her daughter Robin is invoked for callow laughs.
No wonder Danny Martinez’s Christian graduates from an initially callow boy willing to let Cyrano plead for him to an increasingly substantial man who wants to state his own case.
Callow’s stately Isherwood is the perfect counterbalance.
Starting as a callow malcontent, Conlon visibly matures during his years inside...
So much of Germany’s threat was coming from the right flank where Brandt and Kimmich were given space to unsettle Australia The gulf in quality was clear, and yet the callow Germans discovered the perils of not killing off a game.
Rachel is, of course, more than a match for the passionate and well-meaning but ultimately callow Philip.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of callow
First Known Use: 1580See Words from the same year
Synonymsadolescent, green, immature, inexperienced, juvenile, puerile, raw, unfledged, unformed, unripe, unripened, wet behind the ears
Antonymsadult, experienced, grown-up, mature, ripe
Related Wordsbabyish, childish, infantile, infantilized, infantine; boyish, girlish, juvenescent, kiddish, young, youngish, youthful; maidenly, virginal; ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), tender; unknowing, unseasoned, unsophisticated, untrained, untried
Near Antonymsadvanced, precocious; knowing, savvy, sophisticated, worldly, worldly-wise
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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