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puerile | puerility

silly or childish
  • How to Memorize
    • puerile - silly
  • Analysis

    ‘Puerile’ was originally used in relation to a child but has since been adapted to refer to immaturity or childish behaviour from an adult. It is a formal word that tends to be used derisively or disapprovingly.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsimmature, infantile, juvenile,
    Antonymsausteresophisticated, dignified,
  • Example(s)
    1. I didn’t really enjoy the movie. I found the jokes to be a little too puerile for my taste.

    2. His ideas were puerile nonsense. They were like something a child would come up with.

    3. The concept was defined by puerility and arrogance. It was doomed from the start.