What does childish mean?

Definitions for childish
ˈtʃaɪl dɪʃchild·ish

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word childish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. childish, infantileadjective

    indicating a lack of maturity

    "childish tantrums"; "infantile behavior"


  1. childishadjective

    Of or suitable for a child.

  2. childishadjective

    Behaving immaturely.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Childishadjective

    Etymology: from child.

    Learning hath its infancy, when it is but beginning and almost childish: then its youth, when it is luxuriant and juvenile. Francis Bacon, Essay, 58.

    Musidorus being elder by three or four years, by the difference there was taken away the occasion of childish contentions. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    The lion’s whelps she saw how he did bear,
    And lull in rugged arms withouten childish fear. Fairy Qu.

    When I was yet a child, no childish play
    To me was pleasing; all my mind was set
    Serious to learn and know. Paradise Regained, b. I.

    The fathers looked on the worship of images as the most silly and childish thing in the world. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence.

    One that hath newly learn’d to speak and go,
    Loves childish plays. Wentworth Dillon.

    They have spoiled the beauty of the walls with abundance of childish sentences, that consist often in a jingle of words. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    By conversation the childish humours of their younger days might be worn out. John Arbuthnot, History of J. Bull.


  1. childish

    Childish refers to characteristics or behaviors that are typical of a child, resulting in immature, naive, or simplistic actions or attitudes. It can imply a lack of adult qualities such as responsibility, sensibilities, wisdom, or decorum. Childish behavior can sometimes be perceived as playful, but it is often associated with negative traits such as selfishness, pettiness, or rudeness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Childishadjective

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

  2. Childishadjective

    puerile; trifling; weak

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of childish in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of childish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of childish in a Sentence

  1. Locker Room Fight Bowles:

    I'll let them tell you, it's something very childish that sixth graders could have talked about and it had no reason happening. If they want to tell you what happened, they can tell you what happened, but I told them I wouldn't say anything about it, so I'll keep it there.

  2. Locker Room Fight Bowles:

    There was an altercation in the locker room, it had nothing to do with football. It was something very childish. He (Smith) got cold-cocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw, it requires some surgery.

  3. Amy Rafferty:

    So now when I cook with sage and smell it wafting through the house I remember my grandma so young, and those days with family( most are gone now) all through such childish and innocent eyes, so, is the sage dressing a good recipe ? Meh. Is it treasured ? Absolutely.

  4. Jason Johnson:

    BLM is more concerned with promoting extreme anti-police rhetoric than in improving conditions for black Americans, polling consistently shows that blacks bear the greatest burden of violent crime victimization. BLM’s childish tweets ignore the fact that the majority of black Americans appreciate the work of law enforcement and would actually like to see more policing, not less.

  5. Jean Genet:

    We know that their adventures are childish. They themselves are fools. They are ready to kill or be killed over a card-game in which an opponent -- or they themselves -- was cheating. Yet, thanks to such fellows, tragedies are possible.

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