callow

[kal-oh]
adjective
1.
immature or inexperienced: a callow youth.
2.
(of a young bird) featherless; unfledged.
noun
3.
a recently hatched worker ant.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English calu bald; cognate with Dutch kaal, German kahl bald, OCS golŭ bare

callowness, noun


1. untried, green, raw; naive, puerile, jejune.


1. mature, adult, experienced.
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callow (ˈkæləʊ)
 
adj
1.  lacking experience of life; immature
2.  rare (of a young bird) unfledged and usually lacking feathers
 
[Old English calu; related to Old High German kalo, Old Slavonic golú bare, naked, Lithuanian galva head, Latin calvus bald]
 
'callowness
 
n

Callow (ˈkæləʊ)
 
n
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callow
O.E. calu "bare, bald," prob. from W.Gmc. *kalwaz (cf. M.Du. calu, Du. kaal, O.H.G. kalo, Ger. Kahl), perhaps from L. or Celt. From young birds with no feathers, meaning extended to any young inexperienced thing or creature (1570s). Apparently not from L. calvus "bald."
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Example sentences
Nicklaus was enthralled the first time he played in the Masters in 1959 as a
  callow 19-year-old amateur.
I'm a bit more vehement and vociferous than when I was a callow youth of around
  30.
Anyway, comments about my callow youthfulness or my "babbling" are
  more entertaining than anything else.
She finally returns to his arms, but then falls in love with his callow young
  secretary.
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