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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But after this childish meltdown, Claire and Jamie explain that Brianna was raped. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander's Season 4 Finale Will Leave You an Emotional Mess," 28 Jan. 2019 It was seen at Victoria Beckham for Resort 2018 as a white sandal slingback with thimble-sized heels and Céline in the form of snappy yellow mules for Spring 2017—neither version stuffy or childish. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Kitten Heels Are Back—Are They Too Much, Or Not Enough?," 22 Aug. 2018 For the people who didn't understand childish gambino's video & is only focusing on his dancing is just mind blowing. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'This Is America': The Childish Gambino video explained," 7 May 2018 There is plenty of criticism of Durant that has been childish and unfair. Andrew Sharp,, "Kevin Durant Won't Leave the Warriors, But Maybe He Should," 8 June 2018 Acting childish doesn't have to mean throwing tantrums on the floor, either. Natasha Burton, Woman's Day, "9 Marriage Expectations That Could Destroy Your Relationship," 13 Nov. 2018 The 1990s had a particularly childish version of this cycle, with the short-lived popularity of this toy. Ryan Vlastelica, WSJ, "Test Your Smarts on…Market Manias," 7 Oct. 2018 At the same time, his behavior over Vantablack, the groundbreaking black pigment he’s monopolizing, has been selfish and childish. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Which artists should SpaceX send to the Moon?," 18 Sep. 2018 Bayern Munich's number seven is also notorious for his childish pranks, and has been known to frequently pour beer over his teammates at the usual end of season title celebrations., "6 Players That Never Grew Up," 24 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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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


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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