callow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj callow young and inexperienced "a fledgling enterprise","a fledgling skier","an unfledged lawyer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Callow (Zoöl) A kind of duck. See Old squaw.
    • Callow Destitute of feathers; naked; unfledged. "An in the leafy summit, spied a nest,
      Which, o'er the callow young, a sparrow pressed."
    • Callow Immature; boyish; “green”; as, a callow youth. "I perceive by this, thou art but a callow maid."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • callow Bald; without hair.
    • callow Without feathers; that has not yet put forth feathers; naked; unfledged, as a young bird: as, “callow young,”
    • callow Pertaining to an unfledged bird: as, “callow down,” Drayton, The Owl.
    • callow Youthful; juvenile; very immature: as, a callow youth.
    • n callow A bald person; a baldhead.
    • n callow An alluvial flat along a river-course: a term used by writers on Irish geology and agriculture.
    • n callow In coal-mining, the baring, or cover, of open workings.
    • callow Having the character of an alluvial flat: as, callow land; a callow meadow.
    • n callow In entomology, an insect just emerged from its cocoon: especially applied to ants.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Callow kal′ō not covered with feathers: unfledged, unbearded: inexperienced: low-lying and liable to be submerged
    • n Callow an alluvial flat
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. calewe, calu, bald, AS. calu,; akin to D. kaal, OHG. chalo, G. Kuhl,; cf. L. calvus,

Usage

In literature:

He seemed so far above the callow, vapid, empty-headed youngsters the other girls were twittering about from morn till night.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
And his callow confidence can hardly be condemned on recalling that he was one of the wealthiest and most popular young swains in the city.
"Golden Stories" by Various
The Cuckoo might be callow in some respects, but in others she was very much up-to-date.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
Also there was Monsieur Callow.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
With bird nicknames may be mentioned Callow, unfledged, cognate with Lat.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
It occurred to him that he would break his back and merit the fate of his callow mistake.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
In a crotch the gray cottage was set, containing three callow babies and one beautifully mottled egg.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
By the time she got tumbled out into the world, all big men were unquestionable authority and all young men were callow whipper-snappers.
"Citadel" by Algirdas Jonas Budrys
Many a callow bee is buzzing helplessly in the path.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
The shield of the coloured pane cast a little patch of red and purple on to his callow head.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
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In poetry:

I am no callow Christian,
No pus-paunched prelate, I,
I hope not for salvation,
Nor fear the day, I'll die
"Mercenary's Song (AD 1600)" by General George S Patton Jnr
My care she knoweth not, no nor the cause,
White rose, red rose about her hung,
And I aloft with the doves and the daws.
They coo and call to their callow young.
"An Arrow-Slit" by Jean Ingelow
"The trees, which thought it grievous thing
To weep their own sweet leaves away,
Untaught as yet how soon the Spring
Upon their nestled heads should lay
Her callow wing—
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Catau was an heroic maid,
Most apt to lend a sufferer aid;
With quick-ey'd zeal she found
A ladder, and a triple fork,
On which to lift each callow Stork,
And guide them to the ground.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
To their high chimney's top she sprung,
Protecting there three callow young,
Too feeble to descend:
But oft she visited the ground,
And in her youthful hostess found
A playmate, and a friend.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
Each creature hath a wisdome for his good.
The pigeons feed their tender off-spring, crying,
When they are callow; but withdraw their food
When they are fledge, that need may teach them flying.
"Providence" by George Herbert

In news:

Hart's callowness gets him captured by the Nazis while making a routine trip to accompany an officer to the front.
If this whole showbiz thing doesn't work out, Simon Callow would make a great professor.
Bremerton's Callow Avenue now home of Exploding Planet.
THE WEEKEND WROCK Celebrating Callow Avenue anniversaries.
Seattle band 3 Inch Max returns to the Winterland while (Ska)dfathers The Diablotones help celebrate a couple anniversaries on Callow Avenue in this week's docket of wrock.
Gary David Callow Sr. 60, formerly of Oran, Mo.
You'll want to check into rehab yourself after watching this witless sitcom-style portrait of a callow substance abuser.
A Difficult Actor by Simon Callow Grove Press, 318 pp.
Hall is well matched by Mr Millson, a dashing British television star, who brings an enthusiastic, open-faced callowness to Orlando.
Roberts, while clearly taken with Ruess, doesn't shy away from recording his subject's callow qualities and less admirable traits.
The noble head of the family is pretty likely to take a dirt nap, leaving his callow but fearless son to avenge him.
Richard Thompson was a callow 23.
To begin to understand how the callow Oakland A's won a seat at the table of baseball's elite, take a long glance at manager Bob Melvin's patrician visage.
Callow, University of Birmingham, U.K.
330 N Callow Ave, Bremerton, 98312 360-377-2354.
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