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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