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callow

[kal-oh] /ˈkæl oʊ/
adjective
1.
immature or inexperienced:
a callow youth.
2.
(of a young bird) featherless; unfledged.
noun
3.
a recently hatched worker ant.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English calu bald; cognate with Dutch kaal, German kahl bald, OCS golŭ bare
Related forms
callowness, noun
Synonyms
1. untried, green, raw; naive, puerile, jejune.
Antonyms
1. mature, adult, experienced.
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British Dictionary definitions for callowness

callow

/ˈkæləʊ/
adjective
1.
lacking experience of life; immature
2.
(rare) (of a young bird) unfledged and usually lacking feathers
Derived Forms
callowness, noun
Word Origin
Old English calu; related to Old High German kalo, Old Slavonic golú bare, naked, Lithuanian galva head, Latin calvus bald

Callow

/ˈkæləʊ/
noun
1.
Simon. born 1949, British actor and theatre director
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Word Origin and History for callowness

callow

adj.

Old English calu "bare, bald," probably from West Germanic *kalwaz (cf. Middle Dutch calu, Dutch kaal, Old High German kalo, German Kahl), perhaps from Latin or Celtic. From young birds with no feathers, meaning extended to any young inexperienced thing or creature (1570s). Apparently not from Latin calvus "bald."

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