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child

 (chīld)
n. pl. chil·dren (chĭl′drən)
1.
a. A person between birth and puberty.
b. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
2.
a. An unborn infant; a fetus.
b. An infant; a baby.
3. One who is childish or immature.
4. A son or daughter; an offspring.
5. A member of a tribe; descendant: children of Abraham.
6.
a. An individual regarded as strongly affected by another or by a specified time, place, or circumstance: a child of nature; a child of the Sixties.
b. A product or result of something specified: "Times Square is a child of the 20th century" (Richard F. Shepard).
Idiom:
with child
Pregnant.

[Middle English, from Old English cild.]

child′less adj.
child′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.childless - without offspring; "in some societies a childless woman is rejected by her tribesmen"
unfruitful - not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production

childless

adjective
Unable to produce offspring:
Translations
بِدونِ أوْلاد، أبْتَر
bezdětný
barnløs
gyermektelen
barnlaus
bezdetný
çocuğu olmayançocuksuz

childless

[ˈtʃaɪldlɪs] ADJsin hijos

childless

[ˈtʃaɪldləs] adj [woman, couple] → sans enfants

childless

[ˈtʃaɪldlɪs] adjsenza figli

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.
References in classic literature ?
The childless old lady had offered to adopt one of the girls when the troubles came, and was much offended because her offer was declined.
Cutter had purposely remained childless, with the determination to outlive him and to share his property with her `people,' whom he detested.
Alice," she said, "the Huron offers us both life, nay, more than both; he offers to restore Duncan, our invaluable Duncan, as well as you, to our friends--to our father-- to our heart-stricken, childless father, if I will bow down this rebellious, stubborn pride of mine, and consent--"
Unknowingly, he was a childless man, while striving to add more wealth to his only child's inheritance.
By the sick hour of your child; by those dying eyes, which you can never forget; by those last cries, that wrung your heart when you could neither help nor save; by the desolation of that empty cradle, that silent nursery,--I beseech you, pity those mothers that are constantly made childless by the American slave-trade
Providence has blessed my endeavours to secure a competency; and as I am unmarried and childless, I wish to adopt her during my life, and bequeath her at my death whatever I may have to leave.
Noel Vans tone's childless widow, and the other half is divided among Mr.
If I had been a casual passer-by, I should have probably supposed that some childless person lay dead in it.
At this time the senior deacon was taken dangerously ill, and, being a childless widower, he was tended night and day by some of the younger brethren or sisters.
These were her words: that thou, Mopo, and thy sister Baleka, and thy wives, had conspired together to give a child to me who would be childless.
Childless thou art, Childless remaine: So Death shall be deceav'd his glut, and with us two Be forc'd to satisfie his Rav'nous Maw.
Haply they think me old; but they shall find, alone and childless as I am, the blood of Hereward is in the veins of Cedric.