callow
[ kal-oh ]
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Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Old English;; From calu "bald," of West Germanic origin, probably from Latin calvus "bald." This was extended to mean "unfledged," which led to the present sense "immature."
Synonyms
adjective
infant untrained young
adjective
inexperienced crude juvenile naive
Antonyms
adjective
mature
adjective
experienced
Definition
adjective(of a young bird) featherless; unfledged
adjectiveimmature or inexperienced
Examples
adjectiveA) The birds are still callow, so trying to move them now will only harm them. B) Most birds go through a callow period before reaching adulthood as flying creatures.
adjectiveA) A rather callow young man began shoving his resume in front of me, convinced I would give him a job. B) I don't mean to be callous, but you seem rather callow to be holding such a position.
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