- 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 callowness
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
October 12, 2012
It advertised his callowness—a callowness sheer and unutterable.The Call of the Wild
There is, or ought to be, no such thing, once past the callowness of youth.The Triumph of Hilary Blachland
The sensation of callowness at once heightened his resolve to succeed.The Roll-Call
His smoutchiness generally passes off with the callowness of hobble-de-hoyhood.
He wondered now if he had not borne himself with the Quixotic martyrdom of callowness.The Law of Hemlock Mountain
- 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 callowness
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."