- childlikeness, noun
- un·child·like, adjective
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How to use childlike in a sentence
I always found myself reading the replies with an almost childlike eagerness, a need to be comforted—or at least told what to expect.There's No End in Sight for COVID-19. What Do We Tell Our Kids Now? | Nicole Chung | September 28, 2021 | Time
He could been my son, but I felt childlike before his authority.
Stephan Pastis, creator of “Pearls Before Swine,” views Calvin as an expression of pure childlike id, yet thinks there is a whole other dynamic that makes many of Calvin’s acts of imagination so appealing.‘Calvin and Hobbes’ said goodbye 25 years ago. Here’s why Bill Watterson’s masterwork enchants us still. | Michael Cavna | December 31, 2020 | Washington Post
I looked up at the stars and felt my childlike wonder return.
There’s a real sense of childlike treasure-hunting tied to foraging.
But then the summit gives way to the other side of the hill, and a childlike glee arises from the whooooosh of the descent.
Too many people reverted to a childlike state, and they wanted a daddy-protector.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame | Michael Tomasky | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their playful exhibitions are often meant to be interactive and instill a childlike sense of joy in the viewer.
“Her reporting was childlike but graphic,” says the documents.Inside the Shocking Custody Case Court Documents that Shed Light on the Dylan Farrow-Woody Allen Saga | Marlow Stern | February 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
childlike Elvis Presley was amusing but a complete failure in the feathers.Rita Moreno, SAG Life Achievement Award Winner, Talks Brando, Elvis And West Side Story | Sandra McElwaine | January 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With childlike confidence he follows the advice of some more or less honest dealer.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
In his childlike, impulsive fashion he had not thought of the future when he adopted Jean.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
There was in his voice a sound of warm yet almost childlike enthusiasm, with which she was becoming very familiar.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
So Aristide, in his childlike way, found remarkable happiness in Beverly Stoke.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
By way of showing a pretty, childlike impatience, she began to beat time with her feet to the spirited air the band was playing.Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for childlike
like or befitting a child, as in being innocent, trustful, etc: Compare childish (def. 2)
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