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She described him as shallow and callow.
  young and inexperienced
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callow callowness
Strongly Associated with:   callous
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  • She described him as shallow and callow.
  • I’m not the callow youth of yesteryear.
    Ken Morley
  • Spare me your callow enthusiasms, good friend.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • Six months ago, the first time he set out to find her, he was still a callow kid.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey

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  • Nwoye’s callow mind was greatly puzzled.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Can it be that we do not love to be reminded that we are very young and callow in a world that was old when we came into it?
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Such a callow, inexperienced youth, she thought.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Because I can feel her changing me again: I was a callow boy, and then a man, good and bad.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He was, as mentioned, callow and youthful, as yet, at nineteen, without much developed musculature or hair on his lip.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The only emissaries from the outside world are the occasional songbird who lands in the lindens beyond the quadrangle, blown astray by distant storm or battle or both, and two callow-faced corporals who come into the refectory every week or so—always after the prayer, always just as the boys have placed the first morsel of dinner in their mouths—to pass beneath the blazonry and stop behind a cadet and whisper in his ear that his father has been killed in action.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • She found herself both warmed and distressed by this callow, transfixed infatuation and could really respond only to the poetry, for besides being, at twenty or so, at least ten years younger than she was, he was also physically unappealing—that is, enormously overweight aside from his grotesquely disoriented eyes.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Huple, chewing away on a bulging wad of bubble gum, drank everything in with a callow, vacant expression on his fifteen-year old face.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He realized what a callow romantic he was.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It advertised his callowness—a callowness sheer and unutterable.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • A troop of newly arrived students, very young, pink and callow, followed nervously, rather abjectly, at the Director’s heels.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • This is what that charming Saint Francois de Sales calls somewhere "les pretres blancs-becs," callow priests.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Ruess was, in the words of Wallace Stegner, "a callow romantic, an adolescent esthete, an atavistic wanderer of the wastelands": At eighteen, in a dream, he saw himself plodding through jungles, chinning up the ledges of cliffs, wandering through the romantic waste places of the world.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • They are not callow like the young of most birds, but more perfectly developed and precocious even than chickens.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • No, now like callow boys or widowed women they wail to one another to go home! I grant this hardship wearying to everyone.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • My son being still a callow boy forbade marriage, or absence from my lord’s domain; but now the child is grown, grown up, a man, he, too, begins to pray for my departure, aghast at all the suitors gorge on.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The law doth not permit a child to make or meddle in any weighty matter, good my liege, holding that its callow wit unfitteth it to cope with the riper wit and evil schemings of them that are its elders.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • I thought you were supposed to be good, the typewriter said , his mind had invested it with a sneering and yet callow voice, the voice of a teen-age gunslinger in a Hollywood western, a kid intent on making a fast reputation here in Deadwood.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • His comrades-in-arms seemed to recoil from the slight, callow nineteen-year-old almost by reflex.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "Don’t be surprised at that," returned the musician; "for with the callow poets of our day the way is for every one to write as he pleases and pilfer where he chooses, whether it be germane to the matter or not, and now-a-days there is no piece of silliness they can sing or write that is not set down to poetic licence."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I was surrounded by the stale smut of clubmen, stories to disturb callow youth, ads for transparencies, truedup dice and bustpads, proprietary articles and why wear a truss with testimonial from ruptured gentleman.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was the qualified bray of the callow official, the "I am not perfect, but—" that got on her nerves.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • ’What things you do say, father,’ he protested with a callow giggle.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • I felt the puissance and evil of their thoughtless, callow maggotry.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Between dances she sat in the largest chair, waving her cigarette, summoning her callow admirers to come and talk to her.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • And Clyde, callow and inexperienced in the ways of the world, and those of the opposite sex, was never weary of observing the beauty, the daring, the self-sufficiency and the sweetness of these, as he saw them.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Mean while the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, Their brood as numerous hatch, from the egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclosed Their callow young; but feathered soon and fledge They summed their pens; and, soaring the air sublime, With clang despised the ground, under a cloud In prospect; there the eagle and the stork On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build: Part loosely wing the region, part more wise In common, ranged in figure, wedge their way, Intelligent…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • News-items and three-line editorial squibs dug at his tyranny, his ignorance, his callowness.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Luke’s bitchiness was inept and sentimental by comparison, mere callow petulance.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A callow youth, always smiling, skilled with a how; it was hard to imag— Me him as Lord of Winterfell.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Once, long ago, a callow youth had come from Norvos, a big broad-shouldered boy with a mop of dark hair.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Also callow.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • Oh but of course Frederic had only been a boy, then, a mere twenty-five years old, callow and young, without experience of the world.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Such a downy tip was on his callow chin, that he seemed half fledged like a young bird; and a compassionate observer might have urged that, if he had not singed the calves of his legs, he would have died of cold.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He thinks him callow and incapable of governing, and finds it galling that a man who was a mere lieutenant during the Second World War is taking over the presidency from the general who directed the D-Day invasion.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • "I heard the bullets whistle; and believe me there is something charming in the sound," he had written in a letter printed later in the London Magazine, which could be taken as the bravado of a callow youth, but, as he had found, he was one of those rare few who, under fire, were without fear.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • One summer, while visiting in the little village among the Green Mountains where her ancestors had dwelt for generations, she had kindled the callow fancy of the most idle and shiftless of all the village lads, and had conceived for this Howard Carpenter one of those extravagant passions which a handsome country boy of twenty-one sometimes inspires in an angular, spectacled woman of thirty.
    Willa Cather  --  A Wagner Matinee
  • Then, past a boy, the callow down began To shade my chin, and call me first a man.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • …own song and tapped with the remorseless and savage egotism of the young our own snail-shell till it cracked (I am engaged), or perched solitary outside some bedroom window and sang of love, of fame and other single experiences so dear to the callow bird with a yellow tuft on its beak, now come nearer; and shuffling closer on our perch in this restaurant where everybody’s interests are at variance, and the incessant passage of traffic chafes us with distractions, and the door opening…
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Men were always lying about women; she would put it down as the braggadocio of a callow boy smitten by her beauty.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • It advertised his callowness—a callowness sheer and unutterable.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • What are you looking at, cadet? I can drink in my own home without some callow-faced merchant’s brat looking at me like I was dirt.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Next to Rhaegar, even her beautiful Jaime had seemed no more than a callow boy.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Volmark is a callow boy, but he has Black Harren’s blood in him through his mother.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Slight and callow.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • I was young and callow, but that youthfulness was also inescapably pure.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
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