Second childhood
Childhood Child"hood (ch[imac]ld"h[oo^]d), n. [AS. cildh[=a]d; cild child + -h[=a]d. See {Child}, and {-hood}.] 1. The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty. [1913 Webster]

I have walked before you from my childhood. --1. Sam. xii. 2. [1913 Webster]

2. Children, taken collectively. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The well-governed childhood of this realm. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. The commencement; the first period. [1913 Webster]

The childhood of our joy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Second childhood}, the state of being feeble and incapable from old age. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • second childhood — n. senility; dotage …   English World dictionary

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  • second childhood — noun a) The period or state of cognitive decline of an elderly person, characterized by childlike judgment and behavior. King David being in his childhood, an old man, in his second childhood, for all old men are twice children, as the proverb is …   Wiktionary

  • second childhood — N SING If you say that an old person is in their second childhood, you mean that their mind is becoming weaker and that their behaviour is similar to that of a young child. ...his rapid descent into a second childhood …   English dictionary

  • second childhood — {n. phr.} Senility; dotage. * / Grandpa is in his second childhood; we must make allowances for him at the dinner table, my mother said, as Grandpa dropped food all over the place./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second childhood — {n. phr.} Senility; dotage. * / Grandpa is in his second childhood; we must make allowances for him at the dinner table, my mother said, as Grandpa dropped food all over the place./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • second\ childhood — n. phr. Senility; dotage. Grandpa is in his second childhood; we must make allowances for him at the dinner table, my mother said, as Grandpa dropped food all over the place …   Словарь американских идиом

  • second childhood — noun (U) be in your second childhood a polite expression meaning that an old person is behaving and thinking like a small child because their mental abilities are not as good as they used to be …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • second childhood — noun mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations • Syn: ↑dotage, ↑senility • Derivationally related forms: ↑senile (for: ↑senility) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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