child·​proof | \ ˈchīl(d)-ˌprüf How to pronounce childproof (audio) \

Definition of childproof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : designed to prevent tampering or opening by children childproof pill bottles
2 : made safe for children (as by safe storage of dangerous materials) a childproof home


childproofed; childproofing; childproofs

Definition of childproof (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make childproof childproof a house

Examples of childproof in a Sentence

Verb The article has tips on how to childproof a home.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The agency recommends keeping a seven- to 10-day supply, and storing them in childproof containers. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Time to stock your medicine cabinet for the pandemic," 4 June 2020 More than half of children under age five poisoned by prescription pills ate them after an adult removed the childproof safety packaging. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Parents, grandparents to blame for half of child poisonings, study says," 12 Feb. 2020 Ensure that the medications are in a childproof container and locked away safely. oregonlive, "Camping with your dog this Labor Day weekend? Bring a pet first-aid kit, says the ASPCA," 31 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her younger son has quickly found areas that are not childproofed. NBC News, "Get down from there! Parents struggle to keep cooped-up kids out of the ER," 25 Apr. 2020 If your child is small, make sure your home is properly childproofed. Melinda Wenner Moyer, New York Times, "Doctors Expect a ‘Huge Spike’ in Pediatric Injuries at Home," 26 Mar. 2020 Keep Labs won a 2020 CES Innovation Award for its smart cannabis storage device that is climate-controlled and includes features such as facial recognition for childproofing and preventing unauthorized access. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "CES 2020 hit by questions over its treatment of cannabis company," 8 Jan. 2020 Homes must be childproofed, and all residents must pass background checks, for instance. Carolyn Said,, "Want to start a preschool at home? Wonderschool can help," 18 June 2018 But just to be safe, get a hamper that doesn't have big holes in it, and childproof your dresser drawers. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "What To Do When A Cat Licks And Chews Clothing," 15 Feb. 2018 Despite the importance placed on childproofing areas such as the kitchen, the same thought is rarely applied to medications. Dana Lee, Indianapolis Star, "'What if's' will never end for Indy mom whose son died of opioid overdose," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of childproof


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of childproof was in 1889

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23 Jun 2020

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“Childproof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of childproof

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made so that a child cannot open it
: made safe for children



English Language Learners Definition of childproof (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (a place) safe for children


child·​proof | \ ˈchīld-ˌprüf How to pronounce childproof (audio) \

Kids Definition of childproof

1 : made to prevent opening by children a childproof bottle
2 : made safe for children a childproof house

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