Callow is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of callow, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - young and inexperienced
EXAMPLES - Callow in a Sentence
- All this, from a pitcher still too callow to grow a decent beard. (source)
- This is hardly triumphalism, but calling a callow frat boy out on his bullshit. (source)
- Still a slow start from the Aussies, who are a team perhaps lacking in callow youthful exuberance. (source)
- Of course, there are more to these women than the callow teenage antics displayed weekly on these shows. (source)
- And somewhere in that process, I discover that it isn't really the callow youth that I am competing against. (source)
- England have the most promising young prop in the world in Dan Cole, a reliable scourge of callow opposition. (source)
- In the 70s, I was superficial and callow enough to do this repetitively without too much unhappiness on my part. (source)
- With the callow certainty of student activists, these reviewers do seem prone to all manner of fantasy and folly. (source)
- Shaban was no longer one callow youth with flapping lips, but Islamism, jihad, terrorism and birthrates all rolled into one. (source)
- That was my first .250, which I regrettably sold (callow youth; too soon we grow old, too late we grow smart) when times were hard. (source)
- The man of the world sometimes came upon the glove in his pocket, and laughed at it, as such men do when they recall their callow youth. (source)
- If you don't, you'll miss Ramirez (this year's Christoph Waltz) age from a callow youth to a paunchy middle-aged man with remarkable nuance. (source)
- Next, Seabiscuit is back to ragging on teenager Aaron Kelly about his age, this time on the basis that Aaron's too callow to sing a love song. (source)
- In previous debates, he's looked rather young, inexperienced, "callow" is a word you sometimes heard, not ready for primetime, out of his element. (source)
- Having shown herself shallow, she then shows herself callow, demonstrating that while she didn't choose to be Catholic, she has chosen to be clueless about Catholicism: (source)
- He leads the team in innings, has taken the ball for every scheduled start and, while posting a 3.12 ERA, has taken on a mentoring role with the callow starting rotation. (source)
- I was very young and callow, did not know much of anything, and though I had never even heard of a school called "Individualism," I sang the paean of the strong with all my heart. (source)
- (Being a new anonymous:) I have nothing at all to say about Kate DiCamillo as a person, but agree that her work is often heavy-handed, condescending, uninteresting, and just plain callow. (source)
- May 20, 2010 at 5: 19 pm | Reply get well soon Harry from a fan in Scotland! been reading all your books again after many years and still enjoying them as much now as i did as a callow youth. (source)
- In the future, right now, previously, we simply can't afford my opponent's onerous tax schemes, reckless social security reform, callow inexperience, life - long record as a career politician. (source)
- Capello has a group of players educated by the Champions League and, regardless of recent disappointments, there is the promise of an authority that should not come readily to a more callow Germany. (source)
- A crowded meeting in the school's main assembly hall lasted late into the night, filled with the earnest bombast of callow youth and plans of action that ranged from Do Nothing 101 to Advanced Anarchy. (source)
- In Klapisch's Pot Luck, the film that made him famous in France, he starts as a rather callow student who grows, halfway through a year in Barcelona, into a beaming smoothie, senoritas dropping at his feet. (source)
- I don't excuse what he's done on the basis of kind of callow youth, because I think he's a 20-year-old who has spent about 17 or 18 years of that in on-the-job training for being a royal, so he should know better. (source)
- Rolling Stone said that Stevie's singing was "callow," and many reviews said something like "... the raucous voice of Stevie Nicks and the golden-throated Christine McVie, who's the only good thing this band has left." (source)
- Normally, their callow and jejune little home movie project would be hardly worth noting, but as campaign manager for Murray Hill Inc., the first corporation to run for Congress following the enlightened ruling of the U.S. (source)
- In 1966, when you were about 20, and you were going to Glassboro State College, which is now Rowan University, you were studying to be a teacher, you got pregnant by a boy who was 17, a boy you describe as even more callow than you were. (source)
- The dynamic seems a little like that of two siblings at times, the younger throwing infantile sulks because the elder derides their taste as childish, the elder aping adulthood but demonstrating their own adolescence in each callow disavowal. (source)
- Most of all it presented a cluster of young, callow muttjacks without any sense of footing or consequence who live without passion, indifferently sleep with anybody, never listen to each other and eventually weep for themselves in uncomprehending bewilderment. (source)
- Dame Judi Dench was there, her words muffled by an impossibly thick carpet, but even the presence of M at the next table couldn't distract me from the luxuriously-sized fishcake in a pool of piquant sorrel sauce that was set before my callow teenage self that afternoon. (source)
- Butt is adamant that Pakistan must keep faith in their callow players and was understandably against the call-up of the former captain Mohammad Yousuf, who had retired after receiving a life ban following his "disruptive" behaviour during the tour of Australia in the winter. (source)
- Some are generic ("Everybody Hurts," not an R.E.M. cover) and others ("Goodbye") are genuinely affecting, though there's something about Lavigne's voice that makes even the saddest songs seem callow; she has to work twice as hard as the average diva to avoid merely sounding annoyed. (source)
- I've always liked Detroit -- my first visit to the amazing Detroit Institute of Arts remains one of the most wonderful cultural surprises of my life; I was a callow jerk, expecting little, and was utterly blown away by DIA's collection -- and I thought I knew a little bit about the city. (source)
- Mohammad Yousuf makes an unlikely version of John Wayne in one of John Ford's cavalry epics, but the former Pakistan captain's recall to the side for today's Test against England at The Oval is being portrayed in those classic Western terms of a world-weary veteran riding to the rescue of a bunch of embattled and callow troops. (source)
- Shivani: There is also a clash in the book between the old (mythologized) world of publishing, the fabled notion of Max Perkins as the engaged, humanistic editor -- perhaps represented in Thieves by James Merrill, Sr., of Merrill Books -- and the new, more cutthroat, corporate, and blockbuster-oriented world of publishing, represented by the callow Rowell Templen. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "callow" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 23 synonyms for callow.
crude, green, guileless, inexperienced, infant, jejune, jellybean, juvenile, kid, low tech, naive, not dry behind ears, puerile, raw, sophomore, tenderfoot, unbaked, unfledged, unripe, unsophisticated, untrained, untried, young
We have 4 antonyms for callow.
experienced, initiated, mature, sophisticated
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of callow from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature: a callow young man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Bald.
- (adjective) Unfledged (of a young bird).
- (adjective) Immature, lacking in life experience.
- (adjective) Lacking color or firmness (of some kinds of insects or other arthropods, such as spiders, just after ecdysis). Teneral.
- (adjective) Shallow or weak-willed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Destitute of feathers; naked; unfledged.
- (adjective) Immature; boyish; “green”.
- (noun) A kind of duck. See old squaw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Bald; without hair.
- (None) Without feathers; that has not yet put forth feathers; naked; unfledged, as a young bird: as, “callow young,”
- (None) Pertaining to an unfledged bird: as, “callow down,” Drayton, The Owl.
- (None) Youthful; juvenile; very immature: as, a callow youth.
- (noun) A bald person; a baldhead.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) young and inexperienced