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