[ im-uh-choor, -toor, -tyoor, -chur ]
/ ˈɪm əˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃɜr /


not mature, ripe, developed, perfected, etc.
emotionally undeveloped; juvenile; childish.
Physical Geography. youthful(def 5).
Archaic. premature.

Nearby words

  1. immarcessible,
  2. immaterial,
  3. immaterialism,
  4. immateriality,
  5. immaterialize,
  6. immature cataract,
  7. immaturely,
  8. immaturity,
  9. immeasurable,
  10. immeasurably

Origin of immature

First recorded in 1540–50, immature is from the Latin word immātūrus unripe, hence, untimely. See im-2, mature

Related formsim·ma·ture·ly, adverbim·ma·ture·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for immaturely


/ (ˌɪməˈtjʊə, -ˈtʃʊə) /


not fully grown or developed
deficient in maturity; lacking wisdom, insight, emotional stability, etc
geography a less common term for youthful (def. 4)
Derived Formsimmaturity or immatureness, nounimmaturely, adverb

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Word Origin and History for immaturely



1540s, "untimely, premature," from Latin immaturus "untimely, unripe," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + maturus (see mature (v.)). In 16c., usually in reference to early death; modern sense of "not fully developed" first recorded 1640s. In reference to mentalities or behaviors not considered age-appropriate, from 1920.

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Medicine definitions for immaturely


[ ĭm′ə-chur, -tur ]


Not fully grown or developed.

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