Origin of callow
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|Tunku Varadarajan|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There is, or ought to be, no such thing, once past the callowness of youth.The Triumph of Hilary Blachland|Bertram Mitford
He wondered now if he had not borne himself with the Quixotic martyrdom of callowness.The Law of Hemlock Mountain|Hugh Lundsford
His smoutchiness generally passes off with the callowness of hobble-de-hoyhood.
British Dictionary definitions for callowness (1 of 2)
Word Origin for callow
British Dictionary definitions for callowness (2 of 2)
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."