The Closing Word: Puerile

The Closing Word: PuerileThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (PURE-uhl)

1. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
2. of or characteristic of a child

From “Although the adjective, puerile can be used to describe anything related to childhood, more often than not, it is used in a derisive manner to comment on the immaturity, silliness, or juvenile nature of something or someone. So if you hear someone talk about puerile toys, they may merely be remarking on the toys of childhood, but it is more likely they are discussing whoopee cushions, fake dog poo, and the like.”

“With emotions running high, it’s not unusual for first-time buyers to exhibit a little puerile behavior.”


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