- of or relating to a child or to childhood.
- childishly foolish; immature or trivial: a puerile piece of writing.
Origin of puerile
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Examples from the Web for puerile
The results were strange, compelling, puerile, trashy and slightly brilliant—laser-targeted towards young Israeli males.Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis
March 16, 2014
This eight-minute piece of puerile propaganda features the warm and winning voice of Ed Asner.Tax-the-Rich Obama Fairy Tale Won’t Magically Restore Public Services
December 9, 2012
But for these two puerile sports fans, the evening was almost as much about the play-by-play as how things turned out.Forget the Electoral College—Who Won the Battle of the Neckties?
November 8, 2012
So I simply focused on another British movie star who has depended on his juvenile appeal and not his puerile one.Daniel Radcliffe, Dark Prince
July 15, 2009
Their falsehoods were puerile, their affirmations ridiculous.
He only issued from his torpor at night to fall into blind and puerile fits of anger.
The ideal is as impracticable as it is puerile and retrograde.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
We are too absorbed in the puerile interests and occupations of daily life.The Golden Fountain
The officers took, as usual, a puerile revenge in the form of a burlesque.The Siege of Boston
- exhibiting silliness; immature; trivial
- of or characteristic of a child
Word Origin and History for puerile
1660s, "youthful, boyish," a back-formation from puerility, or else from French puéril (15c.), from Latin puerilis "boyish; childish," from puer "boy, child" (see puerility). Disparaging sense, "juvenile, immature," is from 1680s.