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Line breaks: child|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌɪldɪʃ

Definition of childish in English:


1Of, like, or appropriate to a child: childish enthusiasm
More example sentences
  • When choosing a young tree, however, be sure to put a tactful check on childish enthusiasm.
  • Binoculars were lifted to the eyes of the big man and what he saw in the sky brought on an outpouring of childish excitement.
  • One of the guys is obviously the artist, and he is jovial, almost childish in his delight.
childlike, youthful, young, young-looking, girlish, boyish, children's, child's, adolescent, teenaged, teenage
1.1Silly and immature: a childish outburst
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  • We dismiss their worries about eating meat as silly and childish.
  • Thirdly, there is no need to engage in childish name calling or immature ranting.
  • She says she ‘can be very childish and very silly’, but fails to give me any examples.
silly, inane, fatuous, jejune, foolish, stupid, irresponsible, naive



Example sentences
  • If so, it is a pity to see it expressed so childishly.
  • The goal of the contest is childishly simple: entrants are challenged to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels.
  • When he acts childishly, people tell him to act his age - but he is.


Example sentences
  • Little did she know that Alex loved her childishness and jovialness.
  • I think that childishness and honesty is what the play is all about.
  • Her ignorance and her childishness were incredible.

Words that rhyme with childish

mildish, wildish

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