- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)adj. infantile, puerile, juvenile, youthful, babyish; brattish; senile, simpleminded, weak, silly; credulous, naive, trustful. See credulity, youth. Ant., mature, wise.II(Roget's IV) modif.1. [Having qualities of a child]Syn. childlike, immature, babyish, baby, infantile, juvenile, puerile, youthful, primitive, boyish, girlish, adolescent, sophomoric, simple, green, soft, kiddish*; see also naive , simple 1 , young 2 .Ant. adult, mature*, sophisticated.2. [Silly or stupid]3. [Childlike because of senility]Syn. senile, in one's dotage, in one's second childhood; see old 1 .Syn.- childish and childlike are both applied to persons of any age in referring to characteristics or qualities considered typical of a child, childish suggesting unfavorable qualities such as immaturity, foolishness, petulance, etc. and childlike , the favorable, as innocence, guilelessness, trustfulness, etc.III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.immature, sophomoric, babyish, adolescent, infantile, juvenile, naive, callow, unsophisticated.ANT.: mature, adult, grownupIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Of or characteristic of a child, especially in immaturity: babyish, immature, infantile, juvenile, puerile. See YOUTH.
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Childish — Child ish (ch[imac]ld [i^]sh), a. 1. Of, pertaining to, befitting, or resembling, a child. Childish innocence. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Puerile; trifling; weak. [1913 Webster] Methinks that simplicity in her countenance is rather childish than … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
childish — childish, childlike Both words tend now to be used to describe the behaviour of adolescents and adults rather than children. Childish has developed a generally depreciatory meaning ‘having the immature characteristics of a child’, whereas… … Modern English usage
Childish — can refer to: Being in the manner of a child English writer and musician Billy Childish This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to chan … Wikipedia
childish — index frivolous, jejune (lacking maturity), juvenile, naive, puerile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
childish — O.E. cildisc proper to a child, from CHILD (Cf. child) + ISH (Cf. ish). Meaning puerile, immature, like a child in a bad sense is from early 15c. Related: Childishness … Etymology dictionary
childish — *childlike Analogous words: puerile, boyish, *youthful: *simple, foolish, silly, fatuous, asinine Antonyms: mature, grown up Contrasted words: adult, matured (see MATURE): manly, manful, virile, manlike (see MALE): womanly, womanlike (see FEMALE) … New Dictionary of Synonyms
childish — [adj] immature, silly adolescent, baby, babyish, callow, childlike, foolish, frivolous, green, infantile, infantine, innocent, jejune, juvenile, kid stuff*, naive, puerile, unsophisticated, young, youthful; concepts 401,402,424,578,797 Ant. adult … New thesaurus
childish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, like, or appropriate to a child. 2) silly and immature. DERIVATIVES childishly adverb childishness noun … English terms dictionary
childish — [chīl′dish] adj. [ME < OE cildisc: see CHILD & ISH] 1. of, like, or characteristic of a child 2. not fit for an adult; immature; silly SYN. CHILDLIKE childishly adv. childishness n … English World dictionary
Childish — Billy Childish Billy Childish (eigentlich William Charlie Hamper, * 1. Dezember 1959 in Chatham, Kent) ist ein britischer Sänger und Produzent von Independent Rockmusik. Neben seinen musikalischen Projekten betätigt er sich auch als… … Deutsch Wikipedia
childish — childishly, adv. childishness, n. /chuyl dish/, adj. 1. of, like, or befitting a child: childish games. 2. puerile; weak; silly: childish fears. [bef. 1000; ME childisch, OE cildisc. See CHILD, ISH1] Syn. CHILDISH, INFANTILE, CHILDLIKE refer to… … Universalium