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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 ?
They tormented my childhood, making of my dreams a procession of nightmares and a little later convincing me that I was different from my kind, a creature unnatural and accursed.
In the form in which it is presented here it has been pruned of all allusions to their common past, of all asides, disquisitions, and explanations addressed directly to the friend of his childhood.
Immoral, licentious, anarchical, unscientific -- call them by what names you will -- yet, from an aesthetic point of view, those ancient days of the Colour Revolt were the glorious childhood of Art in Flatland -- a childhood, alas, that never ripened into manhood, nor even reached the blossom of youth.
More particularly is this the case with regard to my childhood, my golden childhood.
Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and dies a Penitent.
Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal.
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.
Ambition was the old dream of his youth and childhood, a dream which he did not confess even to himself, though it was so strong that now this passion was even doing battle with his love.
From early childhood his efforts had seemed to be very varied, but essentially they were all one and the same.
Whatever this objection may be really worth, it cannot apply to Miss Garth, who has brought you both up from childhood.
Far in the forest, dim and old, For her may some tall vault unfold -- Some vault that oft hath flung its black And winged pannels fluttering back, Triumphant, o'er the crested palls, Of her grand family funerals -- Some sepulchre, remote, alone, Against whose portal she hath thrown, In childhood, many an idle stone -- Some tomb fromout whose sounding door She ne'er shall force an echo more, Thrilling to think, poor child of sin
It was not considerably enlarged during my childhood, for few books came to my father as editor, and he indulged himself in buying them even more rarely.

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