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puerile

[pyoo-er-il, -uh-rahyl, pyoo r-il, -ahyl] /ˈpyu ər ɪl, -əˌraɪl, ˈpyʊər ɪl, -aɪl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a child or to childhood.
2.
childishly foolish; immature or trivial:
a puerile piece of writing.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin puerīlis boyish, equivalent to puer boy + -īlis -ile
Related forms
puerilely, adverb
nonpuerile, adjective
nonpuerilely, adverb
Synonyms
1. youthful, juvenile. 2. juvenile, silly.
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Examples from the web for puerile
  • The writing of such cables is puerile and serves no value to society.
  • Some observers decry the inanity of the site's top stories, and even habitual users admit that the comments are mostly puerile.
  • And it was no mere puerile phantasm that caused me to imagine this community, either.
  • It's tiresome, puerile, and doesn't make you look smart.
  • The idea is not only ineffective, but it is puerile and silly.
  • Irony you can find in any gallery these days, as well as low comedy, puerile cool and enigma.
  • Irony you can find in any gallery these days, also low comedy, puerile cool and enigma.
British Dictionary definitions for puerile

puerile

/ˈpjʊəraɪl/
adjective
1.
exhibiting silliness; immature; trivial
2.
of or characteristic of a child
Derived Forms
puerilely, adverb
puerility (pjʊəˈrɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin puerīlis childish, from puer a boy
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Word Origin and History for puerile
adj.

1660s, "youthful, boyish," a back-formation from puerility, or else from French puéril (15c.), from Latin puerilis "boyish; childish," from puer "boy, child" (see puerility). Disparaging sense, "juvenile, immature," is from 1680s.

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