puerile

  • 1 Puerile — Pu er*ile, a. [L. puerilis, fr. puer a child, a boy: cf. F. pu[ e]ril.] Boyish; childish; trifling; silly. [1913 Webster] The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 puerile — I adjective asinine, callow, childish, childishly foolish, fatuous, foolish, green, immature, inadequate, inane, infantile, infantine, injudicious, jejune, juvenile, kiddish, naive, nonsensical, petty, piddling, puerilis, raw, senseless, shallow …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 puerile — agg. [dal lat. puerilis, der. di puer fanciullo ]. 1. [di o da fanciullo: età p. ; svaghi p. ] ▶◀ bambinesco, fanciullesco, infantile. ◀▶ adulto, da grandi. 2. (estens., spreg.) a. [di ciò che, in un adulto, rivela immaturità, superficialità:… …

    Enciclopedia Italiana

  • 4 puerile — 1660s, youthful, boyish, from L. puerilis childish, from puer boy, child (see PUERILITY (Cf. puerility)). Disparaging sense, juvenile, immature, is from 1680s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 puerile — *youthful, juvenile, boyish, virgin, virginal, maiden Analogous words: immature, unmatured, unripe: raw, callow, green, *rude Antonyms: adult Contrasted words: virile (see MALE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 puerile — [adj] childish babyish, babylike, callow, foolish, green*, immature, inane, inexperienced, infantile, irresponsible, jejune, juvenile, naive, petty, ridiculous, silly, trivial, unfledged, ungrown, weak, young; concepts 401,578,797 Ant. adult,… …

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  • 7 puerile — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ childishly silly and trivial. DERIVATIVES puerility noun (pl. puerilities) . ORIGIN Latin puerilis, from puer boy …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 puerile — [pyo͞o′ər əl, pyoor′əl; pyo͞o′ərīl΄] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr puéril < L puerilis < puer, boy: see POULTRY] childish; silly; immature; trivial SYN. YOUNG puerilely adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 puerile — pu·e·rì·le agg. 1. BU dei fanciulli, che riguarda i fanciulli: gioco puerile, svago puerile 2a. CO che rivela immaturità, infantilismo: atteggiamento puerile, discorso puerile Sinonimi: bambinesco, bambino, fanciullesco, immaturo, infantile.… …

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  • 10 puerile — [[t]pjʊ͟əraɪl, AM r(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone or something as puerile, you mean that they are silly and childish. Concert organisers branded the group s actions as puerile... The story is simple, even puerile.… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 puerile — adjective /ˈpjʊə.raɪl,ˈpjʊrɪl,ˈpjʊraɪl/ a) Characteristic of, or pertaining to, a boy or boys; confer: puellile. The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic precedents. b)… …

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  • 12 puérile — ● puéril, puérile adjectif (latin puerilis, de puer, enfant) Qui rappelle l enfance, qui en a la naïveté, la franchise : Un visage puéril. Qui manque de sérieux, de maturité : Des craintes puériles. ● puéril, puérile (synonymes) adjectif (latin… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 13 puerile — adjective formal puerile jokes, remarks etc are silly and stupid; childish: He s got such a puerile sense of humour. puerility /pjU rIliti/ noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 puerile — a, puerile, o adj. puérile; enfantine. voir enfantolit …

    Diccionari Personau e Evolutiu

  • 15 puerile — adjective Etymology: French or Latin; French puéril, from Latin puerilis, from puer boy, child; akin to Sanskrit putra son, child and perhaps to Greek pais boy, child more at few Date: 1652 1. juvenile 2. childish, silly < puerile remarks > •… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 puerile — puerilely, adv. /pyooh euhr il, euh ruyl , pyoor il, uyl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a child or to childhood. 2. childishly foolish; immature or trivial: a puerile piece of writing. [1650 60; < L puerilis boyish, equiv. to puer boy + ilis ILE]… …

    Universalium

  • 17 puerile — pu·er·ile pyu̇( ə)r əl, .īl adj 1) marked by or suggesting childishness and immaturity 2) being respiration that is like that of a child in being louder than normal <puerile breathing> * * * pu·er·ile (puґər il) [L. puerilis; puer… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 puerile — puer|ile [ˈpjuəraıl US ˈpjurəl] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: puéril, from Latin puerilis, from puer boy, child ] silly and stupid = ↑childish ▪ a puerile joke >puerility [pjuˈrılıti] n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 puerile — pu|er|ile [ pjurəl ] adjective FORMAL like a silly young person, or like something they would say or do: IMMATURE, JUVENILE: puerile nonsense …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 puerile — adjective you re too old for these puerile outbursts Syn: childish, immature, infantile, juvenile, babyish; silly, inane, fatuous, jejune, asinine, foolish, petty See note at youthful Ant: mature …

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