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 Dictionary entry overview: What does puerile mean? 

PUERILE (adjective)
  The adjective PUERILE has 2 senses:

1. of or characteristic of a child
2. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

  Familiarity information: PUERILE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PUERILE (adjective)

Sense 1puerile [BACK TO TOP]


Of or characteristic of a child

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

puerile breathing


child (a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age)

Sense 2puerile [BACK TO TOP]


Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity


jejune; juvenile; puerile; adolescent

Context examples:

adolescent insecurity / jejune responses to our problems / their behavior was juvenile / puerile jokes


immature (characteristic of a lack of maturity)

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