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adjective child·ish \ˈchī(-ə)l-dish\

Simple Definition of childish

  • : of a child or typical of a child; especially : having or showing the unpleasant qualities (such as silliness or lack of maturity) that children often have

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of childish

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or befitting a child or childhood

  2. 2 a :  marked by or suggestive of immaturity and lack of poise <a childish spiteful remark> b :  lacking complexity :  simple <it's a childish device, but it works> c :  deteriorated with age especially in mind :  senile

childishly

adverb

childishness

noun

Examples of childish in a sentence

  1. She has a childish face.

  2. a letter written in childish scrawl

  3. He opened the gifts with childish delight.

  4. We're tired of their childish games.

  5. I find his humor very childish.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of childish

before 12th century


CHILDISH Defined for Kids

childish

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adjective child·ish \ˈchīl-dish\

Definition of childish for Students

  1. 1 :  of, like, or thought to be suitable to children <childish laughter>

  2. 2 :  showing the less pleasing qualities (as silliness) often thought to be those of children <a childish prank>





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