Definitions for: Callow


[adj] lacking experience of life; "a callow youth of seventeen"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cal"low, a. [OE. calewe, calu, bald, AS. calu; akin to
D. kaal, OHG. chalo, G. Kuhl; cf. L. calvus.]
1. Destitute of feathers; naked; unfledged.

An in the leafy summit, spied a nest, Which, o'er
the callow young, a sparrow pressed. --Dryden.

2. Immature; boyish; ``green''; as, a callow youth.

I perceive by this, thou art but a callow maid.
--Old Play
[1675].


Cal*low", n. (Zo["o]l.) [Named from its note.]
A kind of duck. See Old squaw.

Synonyms: immature, inexperienced, naive, unsophisticated

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