Origin of puerilefrom French or L: French puéril from Classical Latin puerilis from puer, boy: see poultry
Andy is up to his usual puerile behavior by making a photocopy of his face.
Silly and foolish jokes that would cater to juvenile humor are examples of puerile jokes.
- Immature, especially in being silly or trivial; childish. See Synonyms at young.
- Archaic Belonging to childhood; juvenile.
Origin of puerileLatin puerīlis from puer child, boy ; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
- puer′il′i·ty puer′ile·ness
(comparative more puerile, superlative most puerile)
- It is usual for children to act puerile, but in adults it seems ridiculous.
- I cannot condone such puerile activity in this place of business.
- But his adventures are the merest nightmares of puerile fancy.
- If you act in a puerile way, many people will not take you seriously.
- James, stop making such puerile excuses.