adjective Date: before 12th century 1. of, relating to, or befitting a child or childhood 2. a. marked by or suggestive of immaturity and lack of poise <
a childish spiteful remark
b. lacking complexity ; simple <
it's a childish device, but it works
c. deteriorated with age especially in mind ; senilechildishly adverbchildishness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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