SAT Vocab—Puerile

This week’s word: Puerile

/ˈpyʊər aɪl/ [pyoo r-ahyl]

Puerile describes something childish or relating to childhood.

Synonyms: Infantile, juvenile

The puerile drawing hanging on the fridge was the only indicator that a child lived in the house.
The puerile drawing hanging on the fridge was the only indicator that a child lived in the house.

Word Origin: Puerile was adopted from the French puéril, “like a boy,” in the late 16th century. It comes from the Latin puer, which means “boy.” Overtime, however, its denotation has broadened from “boyish” to “childish.”

Sample 1: After their verbal altercation, which quickly devolved into childish name calling, the two men were reprimanded by their boss for their puerile behavior in the workplace.

Sample 2: Violet read the underwhelming story with resentment; she couldn’t believe a student as smart as Jasmine would turn in such a puerile work of fiction.

Sample 3: Sterling often wondered what would have happened had he not given up his puerile dream of becoming an astronaut.

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