meaning of callow

callow meaning in General Dictionary

a type of duck See old-squaw

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  • youthful and inexperienced
  • Destitute of feathers; nude; unfledged.
  • Immature; boyish; "green"; since, a callow youth.
  • some sort of duck. See Old squaw.

callow meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English calu "bare, bald," from Proto-Germanic *kalwa- (cognates: center Dutch calu, Dutch kaal, Old High German kalo, German Kahl), from PIE root *gal- (1) "bald, naked" (cognates: Russian golyi "smooth, bald"). From youthful birds without feathers, meaning extended to your youthful inexperienced thing or creature (1570s). Obviously perhaps not pertaining to Latin calvus "bald."

Sentence Examples with the word callow

They are not callow like the young of most birds, but more perfectly developed and precocious even than chickens.

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