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[pyoo-uh-ril-i-tee, pyoo-ril-] /ˌpyu əˈrɪl ɪ ti, pyʊˈrɪl-/
noun, plural puerilities.
the state or quality of being a child.
the quality of being puerile; childish foolishness or triviality.
a puerile act, idea, remark, etc.:
an inexcusable puerility.
Origin of puerility
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin puerīlitās. See puerile, -ity
Related forms
nonpuerility, noun, plural nonpuerilities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A long pinafore, and a child's cap, are employed to carry out the theory of his puerility.

  • They lavish their strength, their puerility, and their anger.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • He scarcely liked it, but his reason rescued him from the puerility of a grievance against her on this account.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • It has bad English, bad verse, and puerility; but is not indelicate.

  • The puerility of the words caused Honora to check her speech.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • They began their sitting in puerility; they terminated their decrees in blood!

  • Her tone calls him back to a sense of the ungentleman-likeness and puerility of his conduct.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • In brief, there is no puerility that is not at home in this sphere of misbegotten effort.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • He left a diary behind him which for puerility could not be exceeded, and of which Nichols gives several ridiculous specimens.

  • We are perfectly convinced of the puerility of it all, but that does not help us in the least to mend it.

Word Origin and History for puerility

late 15c., from Middle French puérilité (15c.), from Latin puerilitatem (nominative puerilitas) "childishness," from puerilis "boyish, youthful; childish, trivial, silly," from puer "child, boy," from PIE *pau- (1) "few, little," with sense extended to "small, young" (cf. Latin putus "boy," Sanskrit putrah "son, boy," Avestan puthra- "son, child;" see few (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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