from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Belonging to childhood; juvenile.
- adj. Immature; childish. See Synonyms at young.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Characteristic of, or pertaining to, a boy or boys; confer: puellile.
- adj. Childish; trifling; silly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Boyish; childish; trifling; silly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a boy or child; boyish; childish; juvenile.
- Hence Merely childish; lacking intellectual force; trivial: as, a puerile criticism.
- Synonyms Juvenile, Boyish, etc. (see youthful).
- Weak, foolish, silly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or characteristic of a child
- adj. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
Maitland in his _Account of the Early Printed Books at Lambeth_, 1843, already takes occasion to animadvert on what he terms the puerile competition for rarities, which had then set in.
Your example of email being maligned as puerile is just a case in point.
I view Goodling's use of the word as an attempt to deny responsibility for her actions by seeing herself in puerile terms.
How puerile is it to condemn someone for not being the way you want her to be?
Exercises in puerile junk! on 30 Apr 2007 at 11: 51 am Therese Walsh
She wasted no time in puerile apprehensions – it was not her nature; she had the rare feminine virtue of never "fidgeting" – at least externally.
I couldn’t resist the pun; some of us think puerile is funny.
A "puerile" Foreign Office memo which has thrown the Pope's state visit to Britain into doubt was circulated by a 23-year-old Oxford graduate who once included "drinking a lot" among his hobbies.
(That is why its not 'puerile' to call Barry a Marxist: its the plain truth).
Is there any way I can object to Wittman's argument without being instantly labeled "puerile"?