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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
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.
Meanwhile, coach John Calipari’s callow Wildcats, including four freshmen and one sophomore in the starting lineup, were undone by defensive lapses, the Gators’ red-hot shooting and turnovers.
But in choosing another actor the studio may want to do a better job of excavating the online pasts of young performers who came to prominence by posting callow or sophomoric videos of themselves on YouTube and social-media platforms.
Having opened a five-game homestand with a disheartening loss to the up-and-coming — but still young and callow — 76ers, the Spurs’ latest chance at a rebound comes Sunday against a Sacramento team bringing up the rear in the Western Conference.
To Bannon, a former Naval officer who worked his way into Harvard Business School and Goldman Sachs, Kushner was a callow elitist in way over his head.
Everyone around Trump is required to maintain the illusion of reality — never to acknowledge how much of this administration consists of play-acting (a callow son-in-law pretending to be a Middle East peace negotiator, for example).
Peter is an antic fellow, a drunken callow clown with a knack for celebrity impersonation — a buffoon who becomes an easy victim.
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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
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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