Definition of childish in English:

childish

adjective

  • 1Of, like, or appropriate to a child.

    ‘childish enthusiasm’
    • ‘She wears perfume on her thin, childish wrist and her eyes light up at the sight of big hooped earrings and jewelled necklaces.’
    • ‘I have a kind of childish way about me, I suppose, and that helps the film.’
    • ‘With a little love, devotion and childish enthusiasm even a silly story can inspire hope in the future of the nursery world.’
    • ‘It is one of the everyday hazards encountered by innocent children as they go about their childish play.’
    • ‘Even at 35 you still get that same sense of childish excitement when you notice that it has been snowing overnight.’
    • ‘There are platoons of child actors who don't come across as childish at all.’
    • ‘That childish hope that the world is a good place, I retain, and I think that is childlike.’
    • ‘Her statement that boys of fifteen should put aside childish things like ball games suggests a massive chip on her shoulder.’
    • ‘It's not often that a circus like this comes to town, exceeding any childish expectations.’
    • ‘At other times it provokes genuine, childish delight, the wonderment of having stumbled across a secret.’
    • ‘A radical change of attitudes to ageing finds many of us determined to cling to childish things for as long as we jolly well like.’
    • ‘One of the guys is obviously the artist, and he is jovial, almost childish in his delight.’
    • ‘There was a certain puerile joy in her, a childish excitement shone in her eyes.’
    • ‘I still have a childish thrill of the prospect of going to the fair especially when it is in the old market place of Devlzes’
    • ‘When choosing a young tree, however, be sure to put a tactful check on childish enthusiasm.’
    • ‘I may be an adult but stick-watching seems like a fun childish game to play, especially when the stick has a name.’
    • ‘Several tracks convey the impression of a childish, playful imagination at work.’
    • ‘As we pulled our car into her driveway, I discerned strange, childish voices in the garden.’
    • ‘Binoculars were lifted to the eyes of the big man and what he saw in the sky brought on an outpouring of childish excitement.’
    childlike, youthful, young, young-looking, girlish, boyish, children's, child's, adolescent, teenaged, teenage
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    1. 1.1 Silly and immature.
      ‘a childish outburst’
      • ‘She says she ‘can be very childish and very silly’, but fails to give me any examples.’
      • ‘It is only to the bystander that the participants just look stupid and childish.’
      • ‘I also banned her IP, because if she's going to be childish, she can do it someplace else.’
      • ‘He told me a story of his childhood and I laughed drunkenly at its childish stupidity.’
      • ‘I gave a small laugh and gazed at the ceiling, feeling monumentally stupid and childish.’
      • ‘I got angry with him and told him he was being childish and stupid.’
      • ‘She liked looking at stars and if she saw a shooting one she was sure to wish on it even if it was stupid or childish.’
      • ‘These issues to me are far more important than childish name calling and are really what we should be spending our time reforming.’
      • ‘Thank you for always listening to my childish secrets and stupid rattlings.’
      • ‘If this all sounds a bit silly, over-the-top, or childish, none of it seemed out of place.’
      • ‘Alex followed behind him meekly, feeling dumb for her childish outburst.’
      • ‘He remained in her memory as a foolish and childish romance, a man less than perfect.’
      • ‘This whole project sounds like the most puerile, childish and willfully obnoxious cinematic venture in years.’
      • ‘When we see our politicians acting in such a puerile and childish manner is it any wonder the country is awash with apathy and cynicism?’
      • ‘He immediately snapped out of his reverie, feeling quite stupid and childish.’
      • ‘To do otherwise would be as childish and immature as my behaviour in the first place.’
      • ‘She took a deep breath and mentally berated herself for being so silly and childish.’
      • ‘Thirdly, there is no need to engage in childish name calling or immature ranting.’
      • ‘John said he thought it was childish and silly, and that they had to be taken seriously now.’
      • ‘We dismiss their worries about eating meat as silly and childish.’
      immature, babyish, infantile, juvenile, puerile
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Pronunciation

childish

/ˈtʃʌɪldɪʃ/