childish

adjective
child·ish | \ˈchī(-ə)l-dish \

Definition of childish 

1 : of, relating to, or befitting a child or childhood childish desires for toys

2a : 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 his parents … were both getting childish and needed care— Pearl Buck

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Other Words from childish

childishly adverb
childishness noun

Examples of childish in a Sentence

She has a childish face. a letter written in childish scrawl He opened the gifts with childish delight. We're tired of their childish games. I find his humor very childish.
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Such tics may seem childish, but a lot of voters love this stuff. Simon Shuster / Zurich, Time, "Steve Bannon Takes Trumpism to Europe and Gets a Rock Star's Welcome," 7 Mar. 2018 Both sides have degraded the public trust with petty payback and childish behavior. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Bevin, meanwhile, called McConnell a coward and his campaign childish and also used his daughter to call McConnell a liar in one advertisement. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell once called Bevin a con man. Now he wants Bevin to run again," 1 June 2018 And the first few minutes of Jill Oliver's vulgar, trashy, childish romp reveal unexpected layers of additional idiocy. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Adventures of Spirit Force Five," 12 July 2018 This is, alas, the Yahweh of the early Hebrews, a fickle, petulant, seemingly amoral deity whose childish obsession is with proving himself top banana in the pantheon of primitive gods. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 Fed up with childish City Hall politics, Flynn did not run again last year. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: As always, Kevin Flynn keeps his word, rises out of wheelchair at daughter's wedding," 9 July 2018 For The Washington Free Beacon, there is something childish about Ocasio-Cortez. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is driving conservatives ’round the bend.," 6 July 2018 Eagles stand tall to Trump's childish behavior & builds us up, unites us as one! Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "Kenney doesn't hold back on Trump after Eagles' canceled White House visit, and gets some new fans," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of childish

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for childish

see child

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The first known use of childish was before the 12th century

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childish

adjective

English Language Learners 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

childish

adjective
child·ish | \ˈchīl-dish \

Kids Definition of childish

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

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

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