childish

[ chahyl-dish ]
/ ˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ /

adjective

of, like, or befitting a child: childish games.
puerile; weak; silly: childish fears.

Origin of childish

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

ANTONYMS FOR childish

Related forms

Can be confused

childish childlike (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonym study

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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British Dictionary definitions for childishly

childish

/ (ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

childishly, adverbchildishness, noun
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