Definitions for childishˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

child•ish*ˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ(adj.)

  1. of, like, or appropriate for a child:

    childish games.

  2. immature; foolish:

    childish fears.

* 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.

Origin of childish:

bef. 1000


Princeton's WordNet

  1. childish, infantile(adj)

    indicating a lack of maturity

    "childish tantrums"; "infantile behavior"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. childish(adjective)ˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ

    ≠ mature

    irritating, childish behavior

  2. childishˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ

    typical of a child

    childish drawings; to behave childishly; her silly childishness


  1. childish(Adjective)

    Of or suitable for a child.

  2. childish(Adjective)

    Behaving immaturely.

    Your childish temper tantrums are not going to change my decision on this matter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Childish(adj)

    of, pertaining to, befitting, or resembling, a child

  2. Childish(adj)

    puerile; trifling; weak

Translations for childish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


like a child; silly

a childish remark.

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