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Examples of puerile in a Sentence
told the teenagers that such puerile behavior would not be tolerated during the ceremony
allowed the company to be taken over by a bunch of puerile whippersnappers fresh out of business school
Recent Examples of puerile from the Web
The official rationale for the House GOP plan is not, of course, to help the president realize a puerile dream.
The search engine on the firm’s website started offering customers puerile responses to their inquiries.
This, amid another example of the puerile behavior that too many Flyers fans are too happy to exhibit.
Practiced puerile partisanship that would embarrass a teenager?
Trump’s tweet Tuesday was highly unusual for its open reference to the vast U.S. nuclear arsenal at Trump’s disposal and its playground allusion — critics said puerile — to the size and power of Trump’s warfighting abilities.
As a technician, Eminem hasn’t changed much over the years, but gone is his sense of whimsy, his puerile gift for social rebellion, his underdog thirst.
The musical strips out all the grit, replacing it with puerile moral homilies.
The future augurs less of a need for actors other than, despite Donald Trump’s puerile objections, the Meryl Streeps of the world.
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Did You Know?
Puerile may call to mind qualities of youth and immaturity, but the term itself is no spring chicken. On the contrary, it's been around for more than three centuries, and its predecessors in French and Latin, the adjectives puéril and puerilis, respectively, are far older. Those two terms have the same basic meaning as the English word puerile, and they both trace to the Latin noun puer, meaning "boy" or "child." Nowadays, puerile can describe the acts or utterances of an actual child, but it more often refers (usually with marked disapproval) to occurrences of childishness where adult maturity would be expected or preferred.
PUERILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of puerile for English Language Learners
: silly or childish especially in a way that shows a lack of seriousness or good judgment
medical Definition of puerile
- puerile breathing
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