puerilism

noun

pu·​er·​il·​ism ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce puerilism (audio)
ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-ˌī-
: childish behavior especially as a symptom of mental illness

Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puerilism was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Puerilism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puerilism. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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