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
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
  • his parents … were both getting childish and needed care
  • —Pearl Buck

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.

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Origin and Etymology of childish

see child


CHILDISH Defined for English Language Learners

childish

adjective

Definition of childish for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

childish

adjective child·ish \ ˈchīl-dish \

Definition of childish for Students

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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