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Definition child-like — especially acting immaturely
  • The film is filled with clever puns and puerile pranks.
puerile = child-like — especially acting immaturely
  • 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
  • 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
  • puerile = immature (child-like)
  • Yet at school he acted as though he were excited about the puerile lesson of the day.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • puerile = child-like
  • ... 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
  • puerile = child-like
  • This puerile feature in a nature which was conspicuously manly had often given rise to comment and conjecture.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • puerile jokes
  • The words that passed between us were few and puerile in regard of the situation.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Shadow Line
  • This obligation cost her so much that she consulted her director, the Abbe Couturier, upon the subject of this honest but puerile civility.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  An Old Maid
  • Puerile as such an exercise may seem, it sharpens the faculties of observation, and teaches one where to look and what to look for.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  A Study In Scarlet
  • "No," said the old man, "and doubtless his adventure is of a nature in line with thy puerile and effeminate teachings."
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Outlaw of Torn
  • Professor Porter deigned to make no response to this puerile inquiry.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan of the Apes
  • This attempt to divert the conversation was too puerile, and Mrs.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • puerile breathing
  • I must confess that this puerile explanation gave me great pleasure.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Gambler
  • That's so puerile I can't find words to-'
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • They were reckless, puerile, congenial, naive, presumptuous, deferential and rambunctious.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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
  • This attempt to divert the conversation was too puerile, and Mrs. Honeychurch resented it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View

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