AskDefine | Define callow

Dictionary Definition

callow adj : lacking experience of life; "a callow youth of seventeen" [syn: inexperienced, naive, unsophisticated]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

GenAm [ˈkælo]

Etymology

OE calu 'bald'

Adjective

  1. Bald (original meaning, now obsolete)
  2. Unfledged (of a young bird)
  3. Immature, lacking in life experience.
  4. Shallow or weak-willed

Extensive Definition

Callow could refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a novice at, a stranger to, adolescent, arrested, at half cock, awkward, blankminded, budding, defective, deficient, dewy, dumb, embryonic, empty, empty-headed, ever-new, evergreen, failing, firsthand, fledgling, fresh, gauche, green, green as grass, groping, growing, guileless, half-baked, half-cocked, half-grown, hypoplastic, ignorant, ill-digested, immature, impubic, in arrear, in arrears, in default, in short supply, inadequate, inane, incomplete, inexperienced, infant, ingenuous, innocent, intact, juicy, juvenile, know-nothing, lacking, maiden, maidenly, minor, missing, naive, needing, neoteric, nescient, nestling, new, new to, new-fledged, original, part, partial, patchy, pristine, raw, ripening, sappy, scant, scanty, scrappy, sempervirent, short, shy, simple, sketchy, strange to, tender, tentative, unaccustomed to, unacquainted, unacquainted with, unadult, unapprized, unbeaten, uncomprehending, unconversant, unconversant with, underage, underdeveloped, underripe, undeveloped, unenlightened, unexperienced, unfamiliar, unfamiliar with, unfledged, unformed, ungrown, unhandled, unilluminated, uninformed, uninitiated, uninitiated in, unintelligent, unknowing, unlicked, unmatured, unmellowed, unposted, unpracticed, unpracticed in, unripe, unseasoned, unskilled in, unsophisticated, unsure, untouched, untried, untrodden, unused, unused to, unversed, unversed in, vacuous, vernal, virgin, virginal, wanting, young, youthful
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