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child·hood

 (chīld′ho͝od′)
n.
1. The time or state of being a child.
2. The early stage in the existence or development of something: the childhood of Western civilization.

childhood

(ˈtʃaɪldhʊd)
n
the condition of being a child; the period of life before puberty

child•hood

(ˈtʃaɪld hʊd)

n.
1. the state or period of being a child.
2. the early stage in the existence of something.
[before 950]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
anal phase, anal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
latency period, latency phase, latency stage - (psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities
phallic phase, phallic stage - (psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure
girlhood, maidenhood, maidhood - the childhood of a girl
boyhood - the childhood of a boy
prepuberty - a period of two years immediately prior to the onset of puberty when growth and changes leading to sexual maturity occur
2.childhood - the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
immatureness, immaturity - not having reached maturity

childhood

noun youth, minority, infancy, schooldays, immaturity, boyhood or girlhood She had a very happy childhood.
Quotations
"Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies."
"Nobody that matters, that is" [Edna St. Vincent Millay Childhood is the Kingdom where Nobody dies]
"One of the great pleasures of childhood is found in the mysteries which it hides from the skepticism of the elders, and works up into small mythologies of its own" [Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. The Poet at the Breakfast Table]
Translations
طفولةطُفُولَةطُفولَه، سِن الطُّفولَه
dětství
barndom
infanaĝo
lapsuus
बचपन
djetinjstvo
barnæska
子供時代
어린 시절어린이성유년 시대초기
otroštvo
barndom
วัยเด็ก
بچپن
thời thơ ấu

childhood

[ˈtʃaɪldhʊd] Nniñez f, infancia f
from childhooddesde niño
to be in one's second childhoodestar en su segunda infancia
see also sweetheart

childhood

[ˈtʃaɪldhʊd] nenfance fchildhood sweetheart namour m d'enfance

childhood

[ˈtʃaɪldhʊd] ninfanzia
from childhood → fin dall'infanzia, fin da piccolo/a

child

(tʃaild) plural children (ˈtʃildrən) noun
1. a young human being of either sex.
2. a son or daughter. Her youngest child is five years old.
ˈchildhood noun
the state or time of being a child. Her childhood was a time of happiness.
ˈchildish adjective
like a child; silly. a childish remark.
ˈchildishly adverb
ˈchildishness noun
ˈchildless adjective
having no children. the childless couple.
ˈchildlike adjective
innocent; like a child. childlike faith; trustful and childlike.
ˈchildbirth noun
the act of giving birth to a child. She died in childbirth.
child's play
something very easy. Climbing that hill will be child's play.

childhood

طُفُولَة dětství barndom Kindheit παιδική ηλικία infancia lapsuus enfance djetinjstvo infanzia 子供時代 어린 시절 jeugd barndom dzieciństwo infância детство barndom วัยเด็ก çocukluk thời thơ ấu 童年

child·hood

n. infancia, niñez.

childhood

n niñez f, infancia
References in classic literature ?
Up in the garret, where Jo's unquiet wanderings ended stood four little wooden chests in a row, each marked with its owners name, and each filled with relics of the childhood and girlhood ended now for all.
From childhood she had been inclined to fits of temper and when not angry she was often morose and si- lent.
We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron.
The race horse was a friend and intimate associate of her childhood.
Such had been the state and condition of the little shop in old Hepzibah's childhood, when she and her brother used to play at hide-and-seek in its forsaken precincts.
Planted deep, in the town's earliest infancy and childhood, by these two earnest and energetic men, the race has ever since subsisted here; always, too, in respectability; never, so far as I have known, disgraced by a single unworthy member; but seldom or never, on the other hand, after the first two generations, performing any memorable deed, or so much as putting forward a claim to public notice.
So that there are instances among them of men, who, named with Scripture names --a singularly common fashion on the island --and in childhood naturally imbibing the stately dramatic thee and thou of the Quaker idiom; still, from the audacious, daring, and boundless adventure of their subsequent lives, strangely blend with these unoutgrown peculiarities, a thousand bold dashes of character, not unworthy a Scandinavian sea-king, or a poetical Pagan Roman.
I have heard, murmured Starbuck, gazing down the scuttle, that in violent fevers, men, all ignorance, have talked in ancient tongues; and that when the mystery is probed, it turns out always that in their wholly forgotten childhood those ancient tongues had been really spoken in their hearing by some lofty scholars.
They behold home landscapes and childhood scenes returning; old loves and friendships begin to waken, old joys and griefs to laugh and weep.
Add to this all the terrors with which ignorance invests the unknown, and add to this, again, that selling to the south is set before the negro from childhood as the last severity of punishment.
He liked to have a "series," two or three "takings" at intervals during the period of childhood, these to be followed at intervals of several years.
Then give me back my lonely farm Where none alive did wish me harm, Dear childhood home!

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