juvenilely

juvenile

[joo-vuh-nl, -nahyl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons: juvenile books.
2.
young; youthful: juvenile years.
3.
immature; childish; infantile: His juvenile tantrums are not in keeping with his age.
noun
4.
a young person; youth.
5.
Theater.
a.
a youthful male or female role.
b.
an actor or actress who plays such parts.
6.
a book for children.
7.
Ornithology. a young bird in the stage when it has fledged, if altricial, or has replaced down of hatching, if precocial.
8.
a two-year-old racehorse.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin juvenīlis youthful, equivalent to juven(is) youthful + -īlis -ile

juvenilely, adverb
prejuvenile, adjective
unjuvenile, adjective
unjuvenilely, adverb
unjuvenileness, noun

jejune, juvenile.


1. See young.
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juvenile (ˈdʒuːvɪˌnaɪl)
 
adj
1.  young, youthful, or immature
2.  suitable or designed for young people: juvenile pastimes
3.  (of animals or plants) not yet fully mature
4.  of or denoting young birds that have developed their first plumage of adult feathers
5.  geology occurring at the earth's surface for the first time; new: juvenile water; juvenile gases
 
n
6.  a juvenile person, animal, or plant
7.  an actor who performs youthful roles
8.  a book intended for young readers
 
[C17: from Latin juvenīlis youthful, from juvenis young]
 
'juvenilely
 
adv
 
'juvenileness
 
n

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juvenile
1625, from L. juvenilis "of or belonging to youth," from juvenis "young person," originally "young" (see young). Hence juvenilia "works of a person's youth" (1622). Juvenile delinquency first recorded 1816.
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