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callow

[ kal-oh ]
/ ˈkæl oʊ /
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adjective

immature or inexperienced: a callow youth.
(of a young bird) featherless; unfledged.

noun

a recently hatched worker ant.

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Origin of callow

before 1000; Middle English, Old English calu bald; cognate with Dutch kaal,German kahl bald, OCS golŭ bare

OTHER WORDS FROM callow

cal·low·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for callow (1 of 2)

callow
/ (ˈkæləʊ) /

adjective

lacking experience of life; immature
rare (of a young bird) unfledged and usually lacking feathers

Derived forms of callow

callowness, 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)

Callow
/ (ˈkæləʊ) /

noun

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