Synonyms & Antonyms for callow
The Connection Between Callow and Baldness
You might not expect a relationship between the word callow and baldness, but that connection does in fact exist. Callow comes from calu, a word that meant "bald" in Middle English and Old English. By the 17th century, callow had come to mean "without feathers" and was applied to young birds not yet ready for flight. The term was also used for those who hadn't yet spread their wings in a figurative sense. Callow continues to mean "inexperienced" or "unsophisticated" today.
Auch bei OED findet sich einiges dazu:
2. Of birds: Unfledged, without feathers.
1603 Holland Plutarch's Mor. 63 Yoong callow birds which are not yet fethered and fledg'd. 1728 Thomson Spring 667 The callow young‥Their brittle bondage break. 1801 Southey Thalaba v. iii. Poems IV. 180 Her young in the refreshing bath, Dipt down their callow heads. 1822 Hazlitt Table-t. II. xiv. 329 The callow brood are fledged.
b. Applied to the down of unfledged birds; and so, to the down on a youth's cheek and chin.
1604 Drayton Owle 245 His soft and callow downe. 1697 Dryden Virg. Past. viii. 57 The callow Down began to cloath my Chin. 1735 Somerville Chase ii. 457 Prove‥their Valour's Growth Mature, e'er yet the callow Down has spread Its curling Shade.