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puerile

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1 having or showing the annoying qualities (as silliness) associated with children
  • told the teenagers that such puerile behavior would not be tolerated during the ceremony

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2 lacking in adult experience or maturity
  • allowed the company to be taken over by a bunch of puerile whippersnappers fresh out of business school

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3 lacking in seriousness or maturity
  • the kind of puerile jokes that teenage moviegoers apparently love

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“Puerile.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/puerile. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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