Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CALLOWNESS

It advertised his callowness—a callowness sheer and unutterable.

There is, or ought to be, no such thing, once past the callowness of youth.

The sensation of callowness at once heightened his resolve to succeed.

His smoutchiness generally passes off with the callowness of hobble-de-hoyhood.

He wondered now if he had not borne himself with the Quixotic martyrdom of callowness.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English calu "bare, bald," probably from West Germanic *kalwaz (cf. Middle Dutch calu, Dutch kaal, Old High German kalo, German Kahl), perhaps from Latin or Celtic. From young birds with no feathers, meaning extended to any young inexperienced thing or creature (1570s). Apparently not from Latin calvus "bald."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CALLOWNESS

freshness

nounnewness
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.