second childhood

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noun
  1. senility; dotage.

Origin of second childhood

1
First recorded in 1900–05

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How to use second childhood in a sentence

  • They look like so many grandfathers in their second-childhood.

    Grandfather's Chair | Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for second childhood

second childhood

noun
  1. dotage; senility (esp in the phrases in his, her, etc, second childhood)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with second childhood

second childhood

The dotage of old age; also, childlike playfulness in an adult. For example, Grandpa needs full-time care, now that he's in his second childhood, or Since he retired and started learning to fly, he's been in his second childhood. Depending on the context, this term may allude either to such problems of old age as losing one's mental or physical capacities or to delighting in new pleasures in a childlike fashion. [c. 1900]

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