- puerile:  Latin puer denoted ‘child’, or more specifically ‘boy’ (like Greek pais ‘child’, source of English paediatric, pedagogue, etc, it came ultimately from a base which signified ‘smallness’, and also gave English pusillanimous). The derived adjective puerīlis ‘childlike’ began to acquire its negative connotations in Latin, and brought them with it into English. The related puerperal ‘of childbirth’  comes from a Latin compound formed from puer and parere ‘give birth’ (source of English parent).
- puerile (adj.)
- 1660s, "youthful, boyish," a back-formation from puerility, or else from French puéril (15c.), from Latin puerilis "boyish; childish," from puer "boy, child" (see puerility). Disparaging sense, "juvenile, immature," is from 1680s.
- 1. Concert organisers branded the group's actions as puerile.
- 2. The story is simple, even puerile.
- 3. The belief in it issues from the puerile egos of inferior men.
- 4. He was more interested in states of mind than in " puerile superstitions, Gothic castles, and chimeras. "
- 他乐于描写心情, 而不愿意描写 “ 无聊的迷信, 尖拱式的堡垒和妖魔鬼怪. ”
- 5. A puerile tear dimmed my eye while I looked a tear of disappointment and impatience.
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