from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An alluvial flat along a river-course: a term used by writers on Irish geology and agriculture.
- noun In coal-mining, the baring, or cover, of open workings.
- Having the character of an alluvial flat: as, callow land; a callow meadow.
- Bald; without hair.
- Without feathers; that has not yet put forth feathers; naked; unfledged, as a young bird: as, “callow young,”
- Pertaining to an unfledged bird: as, “callow down,” Drayton, The Owl.
- Youthful; juvenile; very immature: as, a callow youth.
- noun A bald person; a baldhead.
- noun In entomology, an insect just emerged from its cocoon: especially applied to ants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Destitute of feathers; naked; unfledged.
- adjective Immature; boyish; “green”.
- noun (Zoöl.) A kind of duck. See
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective obsolete
Unfledged(of a young bird).
Immature, lacking in life experience.
- adjective Lacking
coloror firmness (of some kinds of insects or other arthropods, such as spiders, just after ecdysis). Teneral.
Unburnt(of a brick)
- noun A callow young bird.
- noun A callow or
teneralphase 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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- adjective young and inexperienced
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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(Being a new anonymous:) I have nothing at all to say about Kate DiCamillo as a person, but agree that her work is often heavy-handed, condescending, uninteresting, and just plain callow.
Here they are, Roger Sutton 2006
This is hardly triumphalism, but calling a callow frat boy out on his bullshit.
He suddenly recalled a callow boy telling his tutor that he dreaded the sea voyage home, because he would have to be among common men rather than thoughtful acolytes like himself.
Ship Of Destiny Hobb, Robin 2000
The man of the world sometimes came upon the glove in his pocket, and laughed at it, as such men do when they recall their callow youth.
Tommy and Grizel 1898
Rolling Stone said that Stevie's singing was "callow," and many reviews said something like "... the raucous voice of Stevie Nicks and the golden-throated Christine McVie, who's the only good thing this band has left."
I don't excuse what he's done on the basis of kind of callow youth, because I think he's a 20-year-old who has spent about 17 or 18 years of that in on-the-job training for being a royal, so he should know better.
In previous debates, he's looked rather young, inexperienced, "callow" is a word you sometimes heard, not ready for primetime, out of his element.
Next morning early they sent in their 'callow' verses to the great man, and followed shortly themselves.
A Don Knotts stereotype, he was the nation's youngest mayor in 1977 when Cleveland went belly-up because he wouldn't cut enough to balance the budget-thus giving the word "callow" a bad connotation ….
Tom Roeser Jake 2010
It later garnered a reputation for a certain kind of callow albeit popular licensed book, and for its constant attention to replicating certain effects of previous successful efforts -- the kind of relaunch and reconfigure and rehash grind that slowly drives readers away.
The Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon 2010