Definition of childlike in English:

childlike

adjective

  • (of an adult) having the good qualities, such as innocence, associated with a child:

    ‘she speaks with a childlike directness’
    • ‘She was frail and her childlike appearance made her innocence all the more apparent.’
    • ‘The man comes across as childlike and innocent, but also as his own biggest fan.’
    • ‘Above all, the series has a gorgeous childlike quality and is entirely voiced by children.’
    • ‘While the movie has an obviously childlike feel, it's difficult to be sure of its intended audience.’
    • ‘You still have that glow of childlike curiosity with the hint of adult wisdom you always had.’
    • ‘His prattling was childlike and innocent, as if he were only five years old.’
    • ‘A gleeful, childlike look overcame her face and she bounded off towards the vending machine.’
    • ‘Many adults these days do not seem at all bothered by the idea of seeming childlike - they even revel in it.’
    • ‘So all three of us had childlike excitement about the whole thing.’
    • ‘Our biggest strength was the ability to do mad stuff spontaneously, in an almost childlike way.’
    • ‘The best grown-up ideas come from being silly, from dreaming, from being a childlike adult.’
    • ‘I observed a childlike wonder in his eyes and playful laughter as he enjoyed his music.’
    • ‘Their childlike joy in leaving is probably a reflection of your own joy at your recovery.’
    • ‘You have a childlike and innocent quality, which is endearing in meaningful relationships.’
    • ‘Now in his seventies, he came across as a fairly childlike character - driven by his curiosity.’
    • ‘Sometimes, a songwriter's quest to uncover the extraordinary in the ordinary has a childlike aspect to it.’
    • ‘It's a word he uses a lot in his almost childlike rediscovery of happiness and contentment.’
    • ‘His voice had suddenly taken on a childlike quality as he began talking quick and excitedly.’
    • ‘There is a childlike quality about him, as if the years caught up with him only by accident.’
    • ‘He was a man without guile with a childlike spirit and spirituality, a gentle man.’
    innocent, artless, guileless, simple, unworldly, unsophisticated, green, inexperienced, naive, ingenuous, trusting, trustful, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, credulous, gullible, easily taken in
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Pronunciation

childlike

/ˈtʃʌɪl(d)lʌɪk/