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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
Peter is an antic fellow, a drunken callow clown with a knack for celebrity impersonation — a buffoon who becomes an easy victim.
The Gators’ callow roster features 13 of 22 starters who are freshmen or sophomores, including seven on offense.
But Gould, a deep thinker and restless interpreter, came to see the recording as an artifact of his callow youth.
One can make voyeuristic, callow VR just as easily as smart, intelligent VR.
Butler’s callow defense survived early on, allowing 22.9 points and 380 yards a game in its first nine outings.
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.
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 childhood death of her daughter Robin is invoked for callow laughs.
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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
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