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callow

adjective

Definition: young, immature, and inexperienced in life

Synonyms: young, immature, na´ve, inexperienced, innocent, tender

Antonyms: experienced

Tips: Callow comes from the Old English word calu, which means "bald." You can think of it in the sense of a young bird or animal being bald, having not yet developed feathers or fur. Callow is similar to the word fledgling, which literally refers to a bird that has just developed wings and is learning to fly. Both words are used to describe people who are just getting started and are new to something.

Usage Examples:

The callow young man came to the city with his head full of idealistic dreams. (young, inexperienced)

Mark's callow behavior at the company party reminded everyone of how young he really was. (immature)

Though she was still callow, she knew her ambition and confidence would help her land her dream job. (young, inexperienced)

Bill's callow behavior and na´ve questions made him seem much younger than he was. (immature, innocent)


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