Pu"er*ile (?), a. [L. puerilis, fr. puer a child, a boy: cf. F. pu'eril.]

Boyish; childish; trifling; silly.

The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic precedents. De Quincey.

Syn. -- Youthful; boyish; juvenile; childish; trifling; weak. See Youthful.


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