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childish

[ chahyl-dish ]
/ ˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ /
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adjective
of, like, or befitting a child: childish games.
puerile; weak; silly: childish fears.
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Origin of childish

before 1000; Middle English childisch,Old English cildisc.See child, -ish1

synonym study for childish

2. Childish, infantile, childlike refer to characteristics or qualities of childhood. The ending -ish often has unfavorable connotations; childish therefore refers to characteristics that are undesirable and unpleasant: childish selfishness, outbursts of temper. Infantile, originally a general word, now often carries an even stronger idea of disapproval or scorn than does childish : infantile reasoning, behavior. The ending -like has pleasing or neutral connotations; childlike therefore refers to the characteristics that are desirable and admirable: childlike innocence, trust.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH childish

childish , childlike (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for childish

childish
/ (ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ) /

adjective
in the manner of, belonging to, or suitable to a child
foolish or petty; puerilechildish fears

Derived forms of childish

childishly, adverbchildishness, noun
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