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Like or befitting a child, as in innocence, trustfulness, or candor.


like or befitting a child, as in being innocent, trustful, etc. Compare childish2



like or befitting a child: childlike trust.
child′like`ness, n.
syn: See childish.


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.childlike - befitting a young child; "childlike charm"
young, immature - (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people"
2.childlike - exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"


adjective innocent, trusting, simple, naive, credulous, artless, ingenuous, guileless, unfeigned, trustful She had never lost her childlike sense of wonder.


Of or like a baby:
طُفولي، كالوَلَد
çocuk gibimasum


[ˈtʃaɪldlaɪk] ADJde niño
with a childlike faithcon una confianza ingenua


[ˈtʃaɪldlaɪk] adj
[innocence] → innocent(e), pur(e)
[behaviour, quality] → enfantin(e); [voice] → d'enfant


[ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk] adjingenuo/a, innocente


(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 ?
But there was an unconscious emphasis on the last word, and a wistful look in the eyes that never lost their childlike candor, which chilled Jo's heart for a minute with a forboding fear, and decided her to make her little venture `soon'.
Enoch Robinson stared at George Willard, his childlike blue eyes shining in the lamplight.
Her figure, to be sure,--so small as to be almost childlike, and so elastic that motion seemed as easy or easier to it than rest,would hardly have suited one's idea of a countess.
Therefore, so far as his duties would permit, he trod in the shadowy by-paths, and thus kept himself simple and childlike, coming forth, when occasion was, with a freshness, and fragrance, and dewy purity of thought, which, as many people said, affected them like tile speech of an angel.
Nothing could exceed the touching simplicity, the childlike earnestness, of his prayer, enriched with the language of Scripture, which seemed so entirely to have wrought itself into his being, as to have become a part of himself, and to drop from his lips unconsciously; in the language of a pious old negro, he "prayed right up.
And plainly, too, they were a childlike and innocent lot; telling lies of the stateliest pattern with a most gentle and winning naivety, and ready and willing to listen to anybody else's lie, and believe it, too.
He put the whip back in its socket, took his foot from the dashboard, pushed his hat back, blew his quid of tobacco into the road, and having thus cleared his mental decks for action, he took his first good look at the passenger, a look which she met with a grave, childlike stare of friendly curiosity.
Me, she had dispensed from joining the group; saying, "She regretted to be under the necessity of keeping me at a distance; but that until she heard from Bessie, and could discover by her own observation, that I was endeavouring in good earnest to acquire a more sociable and childlike disposition, a more attractive and sprightly manner-- something lighter, franker, more natural, as it were--she really must exclude me from privileges intended only for contented, happy, little children.
Tears came to his eyes as he remembered her childlike look, and winsome fanciful ways, and shy tremulous grace.
He had approached them in such innocent good fellowship and with such childlike assurance of a hospitable welcome that the reception which had been accorded him had proved a shock to his boyish ideals.
Indeed, there was something in these pretty little people that inspired confidence--a graceful gentleness, a certain childlike ease.
However much the ballet might have claimed his attention, Franz was too deeply occupied with the beautiful Greek to take any note of it; while she seemed to experience an almost childlike delight in watching it, her eager, animated looks contrasting strongly with the utter indifference of her companion, who, during the whole time the piece lasted, never even moved, not even when the furious, crashing din produced by the trumpets, cymbals, and Chinese bells sounded their loudest from the orchestra.