or child-proof

[ chahyld-proof ]
/ ˈtʃaɪldˌpruf /


resistant to being opened, tampered with, or operated by a child: a childproof medicine bottle.
made free of hazard for a child: a childproof home.
made safe from damage by children: a childproof living room free of breakable objects.

verb (used with object)

to make childproof: to childproof a home.

Nearby words

  1. childless,
  2. childlike,
  3. childly,
  4. childminder,
  5. childness,
  6. childrearing,
  7. children,
  8. children of god,
  9. children of israel,
  10. children's crusade

Origin of childproof

First recorded in 1955–60; child + -proof Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for child-proof

  • A concern already has been put forward to child-proof the next generation of pot treats that come in various shapes and sizes.

    Can You Really O.D. on Pot?|Kent Sepkowitz|February 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST

Word Origin and History for child-proof



1933, from child (n.) + proof (n.). As a verb by 1951.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper