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[pyoo-uh-ril-i-tee, pyoo-ril-]
noun, plural pu·er·il·i·ties.
  1. the state or quality of being a child.
  2. the quality of being puerile; childish foolishness or triviality.
  3. a puerile act, idea, remark, etc.: an inexcusable puerility.
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Origin of puerility

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Latin word puerīlitās. See puerile, -ity
Related formsnon·pu·er·il·i·ty, noun, plural non·pu·er·il·i·ties.
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Related Words for puerilities

ignorance, silliness, lunacy, apathy, nonsense, idiocy, absurdity, stupidity, foolishness, craziness, goofiness, imperfection, levity, rawness, greenness, incompleteness, childishness, puerility, callowness, infantilism

Examples from the Web for puerilities

Historical Examples of puerilities

  • It is tedious to copy out the puerilities of such parallelisms.

    The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories

    Andrew Lang

  • Such were the puerilities of the Sabbath Law among the Jews.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

  • His puerilities and eccentricities, we are told, amounted almost to madness.

  • I queried, interested, in spite of myself, at these puerilities.

    Simon the Jester

    William J. Locke

  • I fear you may think these puerilities, dear Major Frankfort.

    Jasper Lyle

    Harriet Ward

Word Origin and History for puerilities



late 15c., from Middle French puérilité (15c.), from Latin puerilitatem (nominative puerilitas) "childishness," from puerilis "boyish, youthful; childish, trivial, silly," from puer "child, boy," from PIE *pau- (1) "few, little," with sense extended to "small, young" (cf. Latin putus "boy," Sanskrit putrah "son, boy," Avestan puthra- "son, child;" see few (adj.)).

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