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(of a young person) inexperienced and immature.‘earnest and callow undergraduates’
immature, inexperienced, naive, green, as green as grass, born yesterday, raw, unseasoned, untrained, untriedView synonyms
- ‘At 27 I was too breezy, too callow, and more gullible than I'd like to admit.’
- ‘But as all the girls were being played by callow youths with high voices, many of the bawdy references would be directed at them and their questionable or unformed masculinity.’
- ‘Do officials or advisers, whose ignorance of learning and teaching is matched only by their callow arrogance, really believe that they have a right to tell primary teachers what to do and how to think?’
- ‘Sending off a bunch of callow lads because a few opinion-formers safely over conscription age thought it was a good idea and might secure the next election would have been outrageous.’
- ‘A callow president had the sense to surround himself with people who had three great virtues.’
- ‘But Lara is adamant that their first match, against South Africa, will provide an accurate barometer of just how far his callow and inexperienced team have come.’
- ‘More important, Higgins was fully credible as a heroic actor, while Hurley was perfect as the callow, fervent young Fugard.’
- ‘The story, such as it is, revolves around the amorous misadventures of the brothers Kirwan, three callow youths with high sex drives but poor steering control.’
- ‘He finds a way for us to root for the callow man, and even root for Martha and him to find happiness any way they can.’
- ‘The modern proponents of self-esteem argue that the undeveloped self, however callow, should be praised as it is.’
- ‘However, we were but callow, untried amateurs back then.’
- ‘Our relationship goes back more than 25 years to the days when he was coaching at the Greenyards in Melrose, and I was a callow flanker still finding my way in the game.’
- ‘His career has its interesting moments, but he registers on screen as no more than a callow, whey-faced pretty boy in need of a charisma transfusion.’
- ‘The main body of the film focuses on Homer's physical and emotional journey, with Maguire, boyish and callow, fumbling his way through his character's awakening.’
- ‘Pop still mesmerises the callow tastes of the young, but rock seems to have been sidelined into a form that reflects the thought processes and last-gasp ambitions of the middle-aged.’
- ‘Elsewhere, it's a case of familiar faces with the same blend of seasoned professionals and callow youths expected to form the backbone of the side.’
- ‘More often than not he appears to be a gormless, callow youth blundering around the park, as much laughed at as berated, even by his own supporters.’
- ‘Hay is able to recount the callow 17-year-old who impressed him in training.’
- ‘He was once accused of suffering from mad cow disease on the back of his railings at opposing managers over his decision to enlist a platoon of callow, hungry juniors into senior football.’
- ‘Even back then, even as a callow teen, I defended his right to have written it, though I was inclined to want to punch him in the face for having done so, were I ever to meet him.’
Old English calu ‘bald’, of West Germanic origin, probably from Latin calvus ‘bald’. This was extended to mean ‘unfledged’, which led to the present sense ‘immature’.
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