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callow (adj) young, inexperienced, and immature.

'Callow', as part of the phrase, 'callow youth,' is usually applied to a young man who is inexperienced and immature. 'Callow' refers both to the looks, as well as to the thinking and actions, of the young man. It is a word signifying a negative quality and describes a young man who is not very competent, and whose handling of things is inept.

  • The callow looks of the candidate were deceptive. The interviewers thought he might not make the grade, but at the end of the interview, they had no doubt that his callow face hid under it a mature man with a good understanding of things.
  • A callow youth, Shaun lacks the experience and mature thinking expected of a person entrusted with the leadership of a team of professionals.
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