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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 ?
This black-eyed, wide-mouthed girl, not pretty but full of life- with childish bare shoulders which after her run heaved and shook her bodice, with black curls tossed backward, thin bare arms, little legs in lace-frilled drawers, and feet in low slippers- was just at that charming age when a girl is no longer a child, though the child is not yet a young woman.
The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.
Like the savage, the attitude of these men was stoical in great things, childish in little things.
The truth is the truth; and neither childish absurdities, nor unscrupulous contradictions, can make it otherwise.
I have spoken of the surrender to their extraordinary childish grace as a thing I could actively cultivate, and it may be imagined if I neglected now to address myself to this source for whatever it would yield.
cried the shrill and childish voice of some unseen person.
The frown, the harsh rebuke, the frequent application of the rod, enjoined by Scriptural authority, were used, not merely in the way of punishment for actual offences, but as a wholesome regimen for the growth and promotion of all childish virtues.
Of course," I stammered, "I cannot expect you to understand the situation, though I think, if you would allow me, I could in a very few words make it somewhat clearer,--make you realise that, after all, it has been a very innocent and childish escapade, in which there has been no harm and a great deal of pleasure--"
Turning dances into figure, is a childish curiosity.
Ever since, by his beloved brother's deathbed, Levin had first glanced into the questions of life and death in the light of these new convictions, as he called them, which had during the period from his twentieth to his thirty-fourth year imperceptibly replaced his childish and youthful beliefs--he had been stricken with horror, not so much of death, as of life, without any knowledge of whence, and why, and how, and what it was.
Even now he could see the beauty of the mother reflected in the childish lines of little Jeanne's face, and both those faces would be smiling up into his as he swung from his tired mount late the following afternoon.
My housekeeping duties, though at first it caused me great anxiety to think that they were unperformed, were soon as far off as the oldest of the old duties at Greenleaf or the summer afternoons when I went home from school with my portfolio under my arm, and my childish shadow at my side, to my godmother's house.