[ kal-oh ]
/ ˈkæl oʊ /
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immature or inexperienced: a callow youth.
(of a young bird) featherless; unfledged.
a recently hatched worker ant.
OTHER WORDS FOR callow
OPPOSITES FOR callow
1 mature, adult, experienced, grown-up.
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Origin of callow
First recorded before 1000; Middle English, Old English calu “bald”; cognate with Dutch kaal, German kahl “bald,” Old Church Slavonic golŭ “bare”
OTHER WORDS FROM callowcal·low·ness, noun
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How to use callow in a sentence
But it was a lack that sprang from callowness: a woodenness that was green, that was raw, that was inexperienced.Joe Biden Beat Paul Ryan, But Veep Debate Was a Mediocre Snoozefest|Tunku Varadarajan|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There is, or ought to be, no such thing, once past the callowness of youth.
His smoutchiness generally passes off with the callowness of hobble-de-hoyhood.
Why, even his whole-souled and entire devotion to herself was the outcome of a certain callowness, the adoration of a boy.
He wondered now if he had not borne himself with the Quixotic martyrdom of callowness.The Law of Hemlock Mountain|Hugh Lundsford
The sensation of callowness at once heightened his resolve to succeed.The Roll-Call|Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for callow (1 of 2)
/ (ˈkæləʊ) /
lacking experience of life; immature
rare (of a young bird) unfledged and usually lacking feathers
Derived forms of callowcallowness, noun
Word Origin for callow
Old English calu; related to Old High German kalo, Old Slavonic golú bare, naked, Lithuanian galva head, Latin calvus bald
British Dictionary definitions for callow (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkæləʊ) /
Simon. born 1949, British actor and theatre director
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