childish

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 childish — index frivolous, jejune (lacking maturity), juvenile, naive, puerile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 childish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, like, or appropriate to a child. 2) silly and immature. DERIVATIVES childishly adverb childishness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 childish — [[t]tʃa͟ɪldɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Childish means relating to or typical of a child. ...childish enthusiasm. 2) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone, especially an adult, as childish, you disapprove of them because they behave in an …

    English dictionary

  • 13 childish — child•ish [[t]ˈtʃaɪl dɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) of, like, or appropriate for a child: childish games[/ex] 2) immature; foolish: childish fears[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1000 child′ish•ly, adv. child′ish•ness, n. syn: childish, infantile, childlike refer to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 childish — child|ish [ˈtʃaıldıʃ] adj 1.) [usually before noun] relating to or typical of a child ≠ ↑adult ▪ a high childish laugh ▪ her childish excitement 2.) behaving in a silly way that makes you seem much younger than you really are used to show… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 childish — adj. childish to + inf. (it was childish of him to do that) * * * [ tʃaɪldɪʃ] childish to + inf. (it was childishof him to do that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 childish — child|ish [ tʃaıldıʃ ] adjective * 1. ) behaving in a silly and annoying way, like a small child a ) used about behavior that is not reasonable or sensible: a childish outburst of temper It s simply childish to refuse to talk to her. 2. ) typical …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 childish */ — UK [ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ] / US adjective 1) a) behaving in a silly and annoying way, like a small child b) used about behaviour that is not reasonable or sensible a childish outburst of temper It s simply childish to refuse to talk to her. 2) typical of a… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 childish — 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 ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 childish — 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… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 childish — adjective 1 related to or typical of a child: a high childish laugh 2 behaving in a silly way that makes you seem much younger than you really are: Stop messing around, it s so childish. compare childlike childishly adverb childishness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English