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 Of course, anyone capable of rolling a joint or baking some pot brownies is, presumably, equally capable of squeezing or pulling open a childproof flower container., 11 July 2021 Ubbi Steel Odor Locking Diaper Pail Still on sale in a neutral white that can match any nursery, this diaper can lock in odors, thanks to its steel construction and childproof lock. Jane Sung, Forbes, 23 June 2021 As an example, Hopkinson pointed to childproof packaging requirements. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Tough furniture: Wildenauer also helped the couple select new furniture that enhanced their spaces yet was childproof. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 No parental control is completely foolproof—or even childproof—but a little effort can go a long way. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 30 Jan. 2021 In that case, Morgan McMillan’s 19-month-old daughter swallowed a coin-sized battery from a knockoff Apple TV remote that didn’t have a childproof seal on the battery compartment. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2020 Use childproof doorknob covers, baby gates or door alarms to ensure toddlers cannot sneak out of the home. Carol Robinson |, al, 19 Aug. 2020 Inside the cover, there's an inner liner with a childproof zipper that’s filled with a shredded foam filling to offer max comfort. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her younger son has quickly found areas that are not childproofed. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2020 If your child is small, make sure your home is properly childproofed. Melinda Wenner Moyer, New York Times, 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, 8 Jan. 2020 Homes must be childproofed, and all residents must pass background checks, for instance. Carolyn Said,, 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,, 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, 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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“Childproof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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