puerilely

puerile

[pyoo-er-il, -uh-rahyl, pyoor-il, -ahyl]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a child or to childhood.
2.
childishly foolish; immature or trivial: a puerile piece of writing.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin puerīlis boyish, equivalent to puer boy + -īlis -ile

puerilely, adverb
nonpuerile, adjective
nonpuerilely, adverb


1. youthful, juvenile. 2. juvenile, silly.
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puerile (ˈpjʊəraɪl)
 
adj
1.  exhibiting silliness; immature; trivial
2.  of or characteristic of a child
 
[C17: from Latin puerīlis childish, from puer a boy]
 
'puerilely
 
adv
 
puerility
 
n

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puerile
1660s, "youthful, boyish," from L. puerilis "childish," from puer "boy, child" (see puerility). Disparaging sense, "juvenile, immature," is from 1680s.
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