What does puerile mean?

Definitions for puerileˈpyu ər ɪl, -əˌraɪl, ˈpyʊər ɪl, -aɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word puerile.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. puerile(adj)

    of or characteristic of a child

    "puerile breathing"

  2. adolescent, jejune, juvenile, puerile(adj)

    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

    "adolescent insecurity"; "jejune responses to our problems"; "their behavior was juvenile"; "puerile jokes"


  1. puerile(Adjective)

    Characteristic of, or pertaining to, a boy or boys; confer: puellile.

  2. puerile(Adjective)

    Childish; trifling; silly.

  3. Origin: From puerilis, from puer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puerile(adj)

    boyish; childish; trifling; silly

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puerile

    pū′ėr-īl, adj. pertaining to children: childish: trifling: silly.—adv. Pū′erilely.—ns. Pū′erileness, Pūeril′ity, quality of being puerile: that which is puerile: a childish expression. [Fr. puéril—L. puerilispuer, a child.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puerile in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puerile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H. L. Mencken:

    The truth is that the average schoolmaster, on all the lower levels, is and always must be essentially and next door to an idiot, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation?

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