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

Other Words from infantile

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

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Examples of infantile in a Sentence

the infantile humor that teenage boys are justly famous for
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, most people can’t remember events from the first few years of their lives – a phenomenon researchers have dubbed infantile amnesia. Vanessa Lobue, Scientific American, 10 June 2022 But the truth is, these images are very infantile, and the fear of the future is driving that return to the past. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2022 In fact, most people can’t remember events from the first few years of their lives – a phenomenon researchers have dubbed infantile amnesia. Vanessa Lobue, Scientific American, 10 June 2022 In fact, most people can’t remember events from the first few years of their lives – a phenomenon researchers have dubbed infantile amnesia. Vanessa Lobue, Scientific American, 10 June 2022 In fact, most people can’t remember events from the first few years of their lives – a phenomenon researchers have dubbed infantile amnesia. Vanessa Lobue, The Conversation, 8 June 2022 But the Republicans’ infantile partisanship was too great. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 13 May 2022 But their arrests laid bare the murky fringes of crypto culture, where the line between sophisticated virtual finance ventures and infantile online gags is razor thin and constantly shifting. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2022 River was born with infantile scoliosis, an abnormal sideways curve of the spine that affects infants and toddlers. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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27 Jun 2022

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“Infantile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infantile. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for infantile

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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