puerile

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From Latin puerīlis (childish), from puer (child, boy).

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puerile (comparative more puerile, superlative most puerile)

  1. Characteristic of, or pertaining to, a boy or boys; confer: puellile.
  2. Childish; trifling; silly.
    • (Can we date this quote?) De Quincey:
      The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic precedents.
    • 1927, Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, page 79:
      From the table he had received the gout; from the alcove a tendency to convulsions; from the grandeeship a pride so vast and puerile that he seldom heard anything that was said to him and talked to the ceiling in a perpetual monologue; from the exile, oceans of boredom, a boredom so persuasive that it was like pain,—he woke up with it and spent the day with it, and it sat by his bed all night watching his sleep.

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puerile m, f (masculine and feminine plural puerili)

  1. puerile, childish, juvenile, boyish
  2. (rare) children's (attribute), baby (attribute)

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Latin[edit]

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puerīle

  1. nominative neuter singular of puerīlis
  2. accusative neuter singular of puerīlis
  3. vocative neuter singular of puerīlis