adjective \ˈchī(-ə)l-dish\

: 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

Full Definition of CHILDISH

:  of, relating to, or befitting a child or childhood
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
child·ish·ly adverb
child·ish·ness noun

Examples of CHILDISH

  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.

First Known Use of CHILDISH

before 12th century


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