Callow meaning

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The definition of callow is someone or something immature.

A forty year old man with the maturity level of a fifteen year old is an example of callow.

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Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature.

A callow young man.

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Still lacking the feathers needed for flying; unfledged.
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Unfledged (of a young bird).
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Young and inexperienced; immature.
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Immature, lacking in life experience.

Those three young men are particularly callow youths.

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Lacking color or firmness (of some kinds of insects or other arthropods, such as spiders, just after ecdysis). Teneral.
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Unburnt (of a brick)
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A callow young bird.
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A callow or teneral phase of an insect or other arthropod, typically shortly after ecdysis, while the skin still is hardening, the colours have not yet become stable, and as a rule, before the animal is able to move effectively.
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Origin of callow

  • Middle English calwe bald from Old English calu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English calwe (“bald”), from Old English calu (“callow, bare, bald”), from Proto-Germanic *kalwaz (“bare, naked, bald”), from Proto-Indo-European *gAlw- (“naked, bald”). Cognate with West Frisian keal (“bald”), Dutch kaal (“bald”), German kahl (“bald”), Russian голый (gólyj, “nude”).

    From Wiktionary