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[pyoo-uh-ril-i-tee, pyoo-ril-]
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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 puerility

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

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Historical Examples of puerility

  • They lavish their strength, their puerility, and their anger.

    Napoleon the Little

    Victor Hugo

  • We can infer this from the signs of puerility of certain legends.

  • But the passengers might surely be as alive to the puerility as any one else.

    The Town

    Leigh Hunt

  • It has bad English, bad verse, and puerility; but is not indelicate.

  • They began their sitting in puerility; they terminated their decrees in blood!

Word Origin and History for puerility


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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