What are some alternative words for puerile?

Synonyms for puerile
ˈpyu ər ɪl, -əˌraɪl, ˈpyʊər ɪl, -aɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puerile(adj)

    of or characteristic of a child

    "puerile breathing"

    Synonyms:
    adolescent, jejune, juvenile

    Antonyms:
    mature

  2. adolescent, jejune, juvenile, puerile(adj)

    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

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

    Synonyms:
    teen, teenaged, insubstantial, teenage, insipid, adolescent, jejune, juvenile

    Antonyms:
    mature

Wiktionary

  1. puerile(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    juvenile, silly, trifling

  2. puerile(adjective)

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

    Synonyms:
    juvenile, trifling, silly

  3. puerile(adjective)

    Childish; trifling; silly.

    Synonyms:
    silly, juvenile, trifling

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. puerile

    Boyish, childish, and girlish are used in a good sense of those to whom they properly belong, but in a bad sense of those from whom more maturity is to be expected; childish eagerness or glee is pleasing in a child, but unbecoming in a man; puerile in modern use is distinctly contemptuous. Juvenile and youthful are commonly used in a favorable and kindly sense in their application to those still young; youthful in the sense of having the characteristics of youth, hence fresh, vigorous, light-hearted, buoyant, may have a favorable import as applied to any age, as when we say the old man still retains his youthful ardor, vigor, or hopefulness; juvenile in such use would belittle the statement. Young is distinctively applied to those in the early stage of life or not arrived at maturity. Compare NEW.

    Compare synonyms for OLD.

    Synonyms:
    adolescent, boyish, callow, childish, childlike, girlish, immature, juvenile, young, youthful

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. puerile

    Synonyms:
    childish, boyish, infantile, youthful, nonsensical, futile, nugatory, weak, silly, trifling

    Antonyms:
    manly, vigorous, effective, powerful, cogent, weighty

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. puerile(a.)

    Synonyms:
    boyish, childish, juvenile, youthful

  2. puerile(a.)

    Synonyms:
    foolish, trifling, trivial, idle, silly, senseless, nonsensical

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. puerile(a)

    Synonyms:
    childish, silly, trifling

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    childish

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#432teen
#571young
#4981weak
#5252teenage
#5790juvenile
#8155silly
#9386adolescent
#21772youthful
#22794immature
#26975futile
#28446childish
#45233infantile
#48752nonsensical
#57800childlike
#64362boyish
#64691teenaged
#69037trifling
#69701callow
#72074insipid
#90000girlish
#90817insubstantial
#119384puerile
#245515nugatory
#315230jejune

How to use 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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