This week’s word: Puerile
/ˈpyʊər aɪl/ [pyoo r-ahyl]
Puerile describes something childish or relating to childhood.
Synonyms: Infantile, juvenile
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.