Cindy and Kelly were swimming in the prolonged descent toward an acrimonious breakup. They were equally vindictive and puerile, and each refused to yield on a single issue. Big or small, all things were a fight to the death. But each also felt their love was true love, and so they, despite the inevitable outcome, kept trying to make it work.


  1. Childish; trifling; silly; immature.
  2. Characteristic of, or pertaining to, a boy or boys.


boyish, childish, juvenile, trifling, weak, youthful.


  • /ˈpjʊɹɪl/
  • /ˈpjʊɹaɪl/
  • /ˈpjʊə.ɹaɪl/


From Latin puerīlis, from puer.

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Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Puerile.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, Accessed 29 May 2023.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “puerile”, accessed May 29, 2023,

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Puerile. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved May 29, 2023, from

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