Foolish vs Callow - What's the difference?

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Foolish is a related term of callow.

As adjectives the difference between foolish and callow

is that foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while callow is (obsolete) bald.

As a noun callow is

a callow young bird.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




  • (obsolete) Bald.
  • Unfledged (of a young bird).
  • * Dryden
  • And in the leafy summit spy'd a nest, / Which, o'er the callow young, a sparrow pressed.
  • Immature, lacking in life experience.
  • Those three young men are particularly callow youths.
  • Lacking color or firmness (of some kinds of insects or other arthropods, such as spiders, just after ecdysis). Teneral.
  • Shallow or weak-willed.
  • Unburnt (of a brick)
  • Noun

  • A callow young bird.
  • A callow or teneral phase of an insect or other arthropod, typically shortly after ecdysis, while the skin still is hardening, the colours have not yet become stable, and as a rule, before the animal is able to move effectively.
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