Definition of childlike in US English:

childlike

adjective

  • (of an adult) having good qualities associated with a child.

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

/ˈtʃaɪl(d)laɪk//ˈCHīl(d)līk/