childish


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

child·ish

 (chīl′dĭsh)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or suitable for a child or childhood: a high, childish voice; childish nightmares.
2. Marked by or indicating a lack of maturity; puerile: tired of your childish pranks. See Synonyms at young.

child′ish·ly adv.
child′ish·ness n.

childish

(ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ)
adj
1. in the manner of, belonging to, or suitable to a child
2. foolish or petty; puerile: childish fears.
ˈchildishly adv
ˈchildishness n

child•ish

(ˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ)

adj.
1. of, like, or appropriate for a child: childish games.
2. immature; foolish: childish fears.
[before 1000]
child′ish•ly, adv.
child′ish•ness, n.
syn: childish, infantile, childlike refer to characteristics or qualities of childhood. childish refers to characteristics that are undesirable and unpleasant: childish selfishness. infantile usu. carries an even stronger idea of disapproval or scorn: infantile temper tantrums. childlike refers to those characteristics that are desirable or merely neutral: childlike innocence.

childish

childlike
1. 'childish'

You say that someone is childish if you think they are behaving in a silly or immature way.

We were shocked by Josephine's selfish and childish behaviour.
Don't be so childish.
2. 'childlike'

You describe someone's voice, appearance, or behaviour as childlike when it seems like that of a child.

Her voice was fresh and childlike.
'That's amazing!' he cried with childlike enthusiasm.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.childish - indicating a lack of maturity; "childish tantrums"; "infantile behavior"
immature - characteristic of a lack of maturity; "immature behavior"

childish

adjective
1. youthful, young, boyish or girlish One of his most appealing qualities is his childish enthusiasm.
2. immature, silly, juvenile, foolish, trifling, frivolous, infantile, puerile I've never seen such selfish and childish behaviour.
immature adult, mature, sophisticated, sensible, grown-up, manly or womanly

childish

adjective
Of or characteristic of a child, especially in immaturity:
Translations
طُفولي، صِبْياني، نَزِقطُفُوليّ
детинскидетски
dětinský
barnlig
lapsellinen
djetinjast
gyerekes
barnalegur
子供じみた
유치한
otročjiotroški
barnslig
ไร้เดียงสาอย่างเด็ก
çocukcaçocukçaçocuksu
ấu trĩ

childish

[ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ] ADJ
1. (slightly pej) → infantil, pueril
don't be childish!¡no seas niño!
2. [disease] → infantil, de la infancia
childish ailmentenfermedad f infantil or de la infancia

childish

[ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ] adj
(pejorative) [behaviour] → puéril(e)
Don't be so childish
BUT Ne fais pas l'enfant.
[innocence, delight] → enfantin(e)

childish

adj (pej)kindisch

childish

[ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ] adj (pej) → infantile, puerile

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.

childish

طُفُوليّ dětinský barnlig kindisch παιδιάστικος infantil, pueril lapsellinen puéril djetinjast infantile 子供じみた 유치한 kinderachtig barnslig dziecinny infantil детский barnslig ไร้เดียงสาอย่างเด็ก çocukça ấu trĩ 孩子气的
References in classic literature ?
If I wasn't too old for such things, I'd rather like to play it over again," said Amy, who began to talk of renouncing childish things at the mature age of twelve.
With childish abandon she gave herself over to grief, her voice breaking the evening stillness of the street.
Tots as they were, they pulled together and stood their ground in childish battles with doubled fists and uplifted voices, which usually prevailed against the other mother-tots.
No exclamation of surprise escaped the father, nor was any question asked, or reply given, for several minutes; each appearing to await the moment when he might speak, without betraying womanish curiosity or childish impatience.
The structure of ancient aristocracy had been demolished by him, even as if his childish gripe had torn down the seven-gabled mansion.
Reminiscences, the most trifling and immaterial, passages of infancy and school-days, sports, childish quarrels, and the little domestic traits of her maiden years, came swarming back upon her, intermingled with recollections of whatever was gravest in her subsequent life; one picture precisely as vivid as another; as if all were of similar importance, or all alike a play.
She showed it step by step and room by room and secret by secret, with droll, delightful, childish talk about it and with the result, in half an hour, of our becoming immense friends.
Instantly the flexible limbs of the child assumed the appearance of deformity and distortion, as, with his back humped up, and his master's stick in his hand, he hobbled about the room, his childish face drawn into a doleful pucker, and spitting from right to left, in imitation of an old man.
Why, it does seem to me that of all the childish, idiotic, chuckle-headed, chicken-livered superstitions that ev -- oh, damn Merlin
When the audience recognized these familiar mementos of Pudd'nhead's old time childish "puttering" and folly, the tense and funereal interest vanished out of their faces, and the house burst into volleys of relieving and refreshing laughter, and Tom chirked up and joined in the fun himself; but Wilson was apparently not disturbed.
I hardly know where I found the hardihood thus to open a conversation with a stranger; the step was contrary to my nature and habits: but I think her occupation touched a chord of sympathy somewhere; for I too liked reading, though of a frivolous and childish kind; I could not digest or comprehend the serious or substantial.
Some were detached sentences; other parts took the form of a regular diary, scrawled in an unformed, childish hand.