infantile

adjective
in·​fan·​tile | \ ˈin-fən-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce infantile (audio) , -tᵊl, -ˌtēl, -(ˌ)til\

Definition of infantile

1 : of or relating to infants or infancy
2 : suitable to or characteristic of an infant especially : very immature infantile humor

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Other Words from infantile

infantility \ ˌin-​fən-​ˈti-​lə-​tē How to pronounce infantility (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for infantile

Synonyms

adolescent, babyish, childish, immature, jejune, juvenile, kiddish, puerile

Antonyms

adult, grown-up, mature

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Examples of infantile in a Sentence

the infantile humor that teenage boys are justly famous for

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Looming in a corner behind is an outsized head, almost disembodied, its huge mouth gaping wide in terrible, infantile need. Esther Allen, The New York Review of Books, "The Art of the Possible at Havana’s Bienal," 15 June 2019 Yet even today, his seemingly infantile technique leaves him vulnerable to charges of overhyping or charlatanism. Andrew Martin, Harper's magazine, "Not Mere Projection," 10 Mar. 2019 In short, birds resemble tiny, infantile dinosaurs that can reproduce. Quanta Magazine, "How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds," 2 June 2015 His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. CBS News, "Charles Krauthammer, longtime conservative columnist and Fox News personality, dead at 68," 22 June 2018 His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. CBS News, "Charles Krauthammer, longtime conservative columnist and Fox News personality, dead at 68," 22 June 2018 His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. CBS News, "Charles Krauthammer, longtime conservative columnist and Fox News personality, dead at 68," 22 June 2018 His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. CBS News, "Charles Krauthammer, longtime conservative columnist and Fox News personality, dead at 68," 22 June 2018 That Butler built such a monumental art was all the more remarkable considering he was blinded by infantile glaucoma shortly after birth. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of infantile

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of infantile was in 1696

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More Definitions for infantile

infantile

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infantile

disapproving : annoying and childish : very silly in a way that is not appropriate or polite
medical : affecting babies or very young children

infantile

adjective
in·​fan·​tile | \ ˈin-fən-ˌtīl How to pronounce infantile (audio) \

Kids Definition of infantile

: childish sense 2 infantile behavior

infantile

adjective
in·​fan·​tile | \ ˈin-fən-ˌtīl How to pronounce infantile (audio) , -tᵊl How to pronounce infantile (audio) , -ˌtēl How to pronounce infantile (audio) , -(ˌ)til How to pronounce infantile (audio) \

Medical Definition of infantile

1 : of, relating to, or occurring in infants or infancy infantile eczema
2 : suitable to or characteristic of an infant especially : very immature

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