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puerile

pu·er·ile

puerile

 
 
pronunciation:
pyu rihl [or] pyu raIl [or] pyu rihl [or] pyu raIl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or relating to children or childhood.
synonyms:
childish, childlike, juvenile, young, youthful
similar words:
adolescent, boyish, budding, girlish, green, immature, infantile, innocent, jejune, naive
definition 2: immature or silly; childish.
Such puerile behavior as throwing spitballs around the office will no longer be tolerated.
synonyms:
childish, immature, infantile, juvenile
antonyms:
mature
similar words:
adolescent, asinine, callow, childlike, foolish, impulsive, jejune, naive, ridiculous, silly, sophomoric
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derivation: puerilely (adv.)
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