puerile [pyo͞o′ər əl, pyoor′əl; pyo͞o′ərīl΄]
[< Fr or L: Fr puéril < L puerilis < puer, boy: see POULTRY]
childish; silly; immature; trivial

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  • Puerile — Pu er*ile, a. [L. puerilis, fr. puer a child, a boy: cf. F. pu[ e]ril.] Boyish; childish; trifling; silly. [1913 Webster] The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puerile — I adjective asinine, callow, childish, childishly foolish, fatuous, foolish, green, immature, inadequate, inane, infantile, infantine, injudicious, jejune, juvenile, kiddish, naive, nonsensical, petty, piddling, puerilis, raw, senseless, shallow …   Law dictionary

  • puerile — agg. [dal lat. puerilis, der. di puer fanciullo ]. 1. [di o da fanciullo: età p. ; svaghi p. ] ▶◀ bambinesco, fanciullesco, infantile. ◀▶ adulto, da grandi. 2. (estens., spreg.) a. [di ciò che, in un adulto, rivela immaturità, superficialità:… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • puerile — 1660s, youthful, boyish, from L. puerilis childish, from puer boy, child (see PUERILITY (Cf. puerility)). Disparaging sense, juvenile, immature, is from 1680s …   Etymology dictionary

  • puerile — *youthful, juvenile, boyish, virgin, virginal, maiden Analogous words: immature, unmatured, unripe: raw, callow, green, *rude Antonyms: adult Contrasted words: virile (see MALE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • puerile — [adj] childish babyish, babylike, callow, foolish, green*, immature, inane, inexperienced, infantile, irresponsible, jejune, juvenile, naive, petty, ridiculous, silly, trivial, unfledged, ungrown, weak, young; concepts 401,578,797 Ant. adult,… …   New thesaurus

  • puerile — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ childishly silly and trivial. DERIVATIVES puerility noun (pl. puerilities) . ORIGIN Latin puerilis, from puer boy …   English terms dictionary

  • puerile — pu·e·rì·le agg. 1. BU dei fanciulli, che riguarda i fanciulli: gioco puerile, svago puerile 2a. CO che rivela immaturità, infantilismo: atteggiamento puerile, discorso puerile Sinonimi: bambinesco, bambino, fanciullesco, immaturo, infantile.… …   Dizionario italiano

  • puerile — [[t]pjʊ͟əraɪl, AM r(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone or something as puerile, you mean that they are silly and childish. Concert organisers branded the group s actions as puerile... The story is simple, even puerile.… …   English dictionary

  • puerile — adjective /ˈpjʊə.raɪl,ˈpjʊrɪl,ˈpjʊraɪl/ a) Characteristic of, or pertaining to, a boy or boys; confer: puellile. The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic precedents. b)… …   Wiktionary

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