noun, plural pu·er·il·i·ties.
- puerperal eclampsia,
- puerperal fever,
- puerperal metritis
Origin of puerility
Examples from the Web for puerility
And we bolster up our satisfaction by pointing to some mistake of logic or some puerility of statement.A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
Child′ishness, Child′ness, what is natural to a child: puerility.
But, amusing as it is, it shows into what depths of puerility the amorous casuistry of these romances had fallen.
This literary sensitiveness at such a moment seemed little short of puerility to the man of business.The Three Partners|Bret Harte
They began their sitting in puerility; they terminated their decrees in blood!Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II|Various
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.)).