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The film is filled with clever puns and puerile pranks.
  child-like — especially acting immaturely
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puerile puerility
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  • The film is filled with clever puns and puerile pranks.
  • Her campaign proved her to be puerile and feckless.
  • A puerile tear dimmed my eye while I looked—a tear of disappointment and impatience; ashamed of it, I wiped it away.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Yet at school he acted as though he were excited about the puerile lesson of the day.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • ... from the grandeeship [he received] a pride so vast and puerile that he seldom heard anything that was said to him and talked to the ceiling in a perpetual monologue...
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • I acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 15th of October, and its account of your puerile antics in regards to Grace Marks.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Rather than let the pink bully her, she had fought back, splashing the room with complementary hues of orange and green and red—a bright carnation bookcase here, an apricot bedspread there—and thus had vanquished the omnipresent and puerile stain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They were reckless, puerile, congenial, naive, presumptuous, deferential and rambunctious.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A puerile tear dimmed my eye while I looked — a tear of disappointment and impatience; ashamed of it, I wiped it away.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was puerile.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • There will be images derived from pictures of the Enemy as He appeared during the discreditable episode known as the Incarnation: there will be vaguer—perhaps quite savage and puerile-images associated with the other two Persons.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • This attempt to divert the conversation was too puerile, and Mrs. Honeychurch resented it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • She was a masculine German with a metallic accent and an imperious gaze that had no relationship to her puerile passions.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He did not speak down to her or at her, nor content himself with puerile questions about her life or monologues of his own activities.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • The latter Youth (who used to be called Heigh-ho Dobbin, Gee-ho Dobbin, and by many other names indicative of puerile contempt) was the quietest, the clumsiest, and, as it seemed, the dullest of all Dr. Swishtail’s young gentlemen.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • That’s so puerile I can’t find words to-’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It seemed to him necessary, at that moment, to proclaim, by some habitual gesture of this sort, his recovered hold on the actual: he had an almost puerile wish to let his companion see that, their flight over, he had landed on his feet.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • A single word from Mamma would have been an admission that further intercourse with me was within the bounds of possibility, and that might perhaps have appeared to me more terrible still, as indicating that, with such a punishment as was in store for me, mere silence, and even anger, were relatively puerile.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He began spontaneously to consider whether it would be possible to carry out that puerile notion of Rosamond’s which had often made him angry, namely, that they should quit Middlemarch without seeing anything beyond that preface.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Raven had no sooner made his unsuccessful and puerile effort, than he was succeeded by le Daim-Mose, or the Moose; a middle aged warrior who was particularly skilful in the use of the tomahawk, and from whose attempt the spectators confidently looked for gratification.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Yet, she said to herself, from the dawn of time odes have been sung to love; wreaths heaped and roses; and if you asked nine people out of ten they would say they wanted nothing but this—love; while the women, judging from her own experience, would all the time be feeling, This is not what we want; there is nothing more tedious, puerile, and inhumane than this; yet it is also beautiful and necessary.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Carol was deft, and won shy praise from Kennicott, but as her shoulder blades began to sting, she wondered how many millions of women had lied to themselves during the death-rimmed years through which they had pretended to enjoy the puerile methods persisting in housework.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But I have rested too long on a doctrine which can be of no use to a Christian writer; for as he cannot introduce into his works any of that heavenly host which make a part of his creed, so it is horrid puerility to search the heathen theology for any of those deities who have been long since dethroned from their immortality.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • They shared in the torpor of the town and in its puerile agitations.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • But this puerile spirit did not last long.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Pray tell, why am I having supper with that grasping fool and his puerile wife?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The Americans do not affect a brutal indifference to a future state; they affect no puerile pride in despising perils which they hope to escape from.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • And even those who fought in our courts and legislature over questions of liberty, in truth meant things that are minor at best and puerile at worst.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Young Ned Rutledge is a perfect Bob o’ Lincoln, a swallow, a sparrow, a peacock, excessively vain, excessively weak, and excessively variable and unsteady—jejune, inane, and puerile.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Always, in Paris or in Bonn, Max Gottlieb had looked to America as a land which, in its freedom from Royalist tradition, in its contact with realities of cornfields and blizzards and townmeetings, had set its face against the puerile pride of war.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • All the domestic controversies of the Americans at first appear to a stranger to be so incomprehensible and so puerile that he is at a loss whether to pity a people which takes such arrant trifles in good earnest, or to envy the happiness which enables it to discuss them.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Puerile they may be; but these sublime puerilities were peculiar to Saint Francis d’Assisi and of Marcus Aurelius.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Burne opened the paper and read: " (He who is not with me is against me, as that gentleman said who was notoriously capable of only coarse distinctions and puerile generalities.’
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • They are called fathers and mothers by the civil code, which is puerile and honest.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Thus all hesitations disappeared, and there arose a national consciousness so soaring and so blatant that it began to dismiss all British usage and opinion as puerile and idiotic.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Above all, he was wrong in that after he had picked up the scent again on the bridge of Austerlitz, he played that formidable and puerile game of keeping such a man at the end of a thread.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The puerility of the attempt disarmed Lily’s indignation: did it not prove how horribly the poor creature was frightened?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The English make it long in all words of the /hostile/-class; in America it is commonly short, even in /puerile/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • What was pride in the former becomes puerile vanity and paltry ostentation in the latter.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It is thus that, athwart the cloud which formed about him, when all his hopes were extinguished one after the other, M. Mabeuf remained rather puerilely, but profoundly serene.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A useful and graciously austere half-light which dissipates puerile fears and obviates falls.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But the only concession he could wring from his mother, with the puerile argument that it was the instrument of the angels, was to substitute the harp for the piano.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • At times, Jean Valjean suffered so greatly that he became puerile.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • These ideas, puerile, as we have just said, and at the same time senile, conveyed to him, by their very childishness, a tolerably just notion of the influence of gold lace on the imaginations of young girls.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Men living at such times are impatient of figures; to their eyes symbols appear to be the puerile artifice which is used to conceal or to set off truths, which should more naturally be bared to the light of open day: they are unmoved by ceremonial observances, and they are predisposed to attach a secondary importance to the details of public worship.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Still, because he thought he knew her better than anyone else, Florentino Ariza could not understand why a woman of such puerile resources should be so popular—a woman, moreover, who never stopped talking in bed about the grief she felt for her dead husband.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The expedient would have been puerile.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Nevertheless, your subjects, Sire, have been deprived of it; and we cannot refrain from saying that in this respect your government has fallen into puerile extremes.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • These persons then displayed towards each other precisely the same puerile jealousies which animate the men of democracies, the same eagerness to snatch the smallest advantages which their equals contested, and the same desire to parade ostentatiously those of which they were in possession.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Chapter XV: Of The Gravity Of The Americans, And Why It Does Not Prevent Them From Often Committing Inconsiderate Actions Men who live in democratic countries do not value the simple, turbulent, or coarse diversions in which the people indulge in aristocratic communities: such diversions are thought by them to be puerile or insipid.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
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