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pu·er·ile  audio  (pyr-l, pyrl, -l) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Belonging to childhood; juvenile.
  2. Immature; childish. See Synonyms at young.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin puerlis, from puer, child, boy; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
puer·ile·ly(Adverb), puer·ili·ty  (-l-t) KEY  or puer·ile·ness  (-l-ns, -l-) KEY (Noun)


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