What does puerile mean?

Definitions for puerile
ˈpyu ər ɪl, -əˌraɪl, ˈpyʊər ɪl, -aɪlpuerile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puerileadjective

    of or characteristic of a child

    "puerile breathing"

  2. adolescent, jejune, juvenile, puerileadjective

    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

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


  1. puerileadjective

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

    Etymology: From puerilis, from puer.

  2. puerileadjective

    Childish; trifling; silly.

    Etymology: From puerilis, from puer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puerileadjective

    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.]

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  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

Examples of puerile in a Sentence

  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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