childlike

[ chahyld-lahyk ]
/ ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk /

adjective

like a child, as in innocence, frankness, etc.; befitting a child: childlike trust.

Nearby words

  1. childhood muscular dystrophy,
  2. childing,
  3. childish,
  4. childishly,
  5. childless,
  6. childly,
  7. childminder,
  8. childness,
  9. childproof,
  10. childrearing

Origin of childlike

First recorded in 1580–90; child + -like

Related formschild·like·ness, nounun·child·like, adjective

Can be confusedchildish childlike (see synonym study at childish)

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British Dictionary definitions for childlike

childlike

/ (ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk) /

adjective

like or befitting a child, as in being innocent, trustful, etcCompare childish (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for childlike

childlike

adj.

1580s, "proper to a child," from child + like. Meaning "like a child" in a good sense (distinguished from childish) is from 1738.

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