- immature or inexperienced: a callow youth.
- (of a young bird) featherless; unfledged.
- a recently hatched worker ant.
Origin of callow
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Examples from the Web for callow
Anyone going through Prozac Nation can certainly find plenty of callow moments when Wurtzel does whine.Thank You, Elizabeth Wurtzel: ‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20
July 31, 2014
But now that veneer is gone, and what remains is a callow man-child at odds with himself.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
This is clearly not a boast; it seems, rather, a shamed admission of petty, callow cruelty.In Defense of Jonathan Franzen
September 26, 2013
The last thing we should do is help the callow—and dangerous—Kim continue his rule.North Korea’s Dangerous Hostage Game
Gordon G. Chang
May 3, 2013
In this callow atmosphere, Brooke Astor would never be an icon, but she is remembered with nostalgia.Brooke Astor’s Estate Is Auctioned, and a Friend Recalls Her Fondly
September 29, 2012
The 87 Medium, who is at first indifferent, finally warns her callow child.The Book of Khalid
"There speaks your callow inexperience," said he, with a pitying smile.The Tavern Knight
But even in those days as a callow, trusting youth, he'd been smarter than Boswell.Zero Data
With bird nicknames may be mentioned Callow, unfledged, cognate with Lat.The Romance of Names
Culpepper sprang, a flash of green, straight at the callow boy.Privy Seal
Ford Madox Ford
- lacking experience of life; immature
- rare (of a young bird) unfledged and usually lacking feathers
- Simon. born 1949, British actor and theatre director
Word Origin and History for callow
Old English calu "bare, bald," probably from West Germanic *kalwaz (cf. Middle Dutch calu, Dutch kaal, Old High German kalo, German Kahl), perhaps from Latin or Celtic. From young birds with no feathers, meaning extended to any young inexperienced thing or creature (1570s). Apparently not from Latin calvus "bald."