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