childish

adjective
child·​ish | \ ˈchī(-ə)l-dish How to pronounce childish (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

To them, 30-year-old Jordan was JJ: childish and searching, damaged and vulnerable to delusions. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 Underneath, Ruiz’s childish charm kept fighting against the crushing tide of instant celebrity. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr. rewrites script for Imperial, himself," 21 June 2019 This is not a question of whether our society has outlawed forgiveness, whether educational institutions misunderstand childish mistakes or whether the academic establishment has it out for conservatives. Christine Emba, The Denver Post, "Emba: Sure, Kyle Kashuv deserves some sympathy. But the consequences make sense.," 20 June 2019 There’s nothing childish about this sleek playhouse. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This mini prefab cabin is a playhouse adults will envy," 18 June 2019 Jane takes in this bit of heartbreakingly childish confusion. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "‘Giving You Salt’: The Most Powerful Moment on Big Little Lies So Far," 17 June 2019 Ms Cusset writes with a nearly childish clarity, too, and the result is both unsettling and effective. The Economist, "A fictionalised biography of David Hockney," 4 June 2019 The thing is, the childish anger expressed by Mars in Cancer can’t phase you. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Some found ways to elevate the look, while others revel in the childish nature of it all. Glamour, "The Absolute Best Hair Accessories for Every Hair Type," 18 Apr. 2019

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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, disapproving : having or showing the unpleasant qualities (such as silliness or lack of maturity) that children often have

childish

adjective
child·​ish | \ ˈchīl-dish How to pronounce childish (audio) \

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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