Definition of childproof in US English:

childproof

adjective

  • Designed to prevent children from injuring themselves or doing damage.

    ‘disinfectants that are fitted with childproof caps’
    • ‘Make your home as childproof as possible to allow your baby to explore in safety without you having to fuss around with moving things out of the way.’
    • ‘Travel with a childproof doorknob cover so if the room doorknob is round you can use it.’
    • ‘Their home also needs to be altered to include childproof locks, catches and safety glass.’
    • ‘In the 6 to 1 ruling, the court rejected the mother's charge that the semi-automatic handgun was defective because it lacked a lock to make it childproof.’
    • ‘Even handier for families: the dispensers have a childproof lock to prevent young children from having a field day with them.’
    • ‘She also got John to put childproof latches on all the cupboards that a small child might reach.’
    • ‘Some of the biggest culprits are childproof caps, jar lids and the aseptic cartons used to house milk and juice.’
    • ‘She is campaigning for what she calls ‘sensible’ gun control, advocating trigger locks, childproof guns and mandatory background checks at gun shows.’
    • ‘External controls are clearly a good idea, but if you are in danger of an attack by mischievous children attracted to an interesting dial go for a childproof element on the controls.’
    • ‘The set up did not last long, as it was not childproof!’
    • ‘She's one of those psychiatrists that would be a really nice person if she didn't have all the answers in amber bottles with childproof caps.’
    • ‘Seeing her frustration, her mom explained it was a childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her.’
    • ‘The childproof, well-stocked play area has a two-way mirror that allows parents to peek in on their children without being seen.’
    • ‘Locked drawers and cabinets keep little hands safe, as do childproof safety covers for electrical outlets.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a childproof house prevents parents from repeatedly saying ‘no,’ while giving the child a greater sense of independence.’
    • ‘Marnie had dreamed of having space for a childproof studio that she could lock up at night.’
    • ‘This is the least awkward and most secure type of childproof lock we've seen, especially if you mount the control unit high on a wall where adults can easily see and reach it while kids cannot.’
    • ‘At home, keep medication locked in a childproof container.’
    • ‘A range of childproof locks is available to prevent accidents or injury in your home.’
    • ‘I visited the lovely sun-shielded children's playground with my granddaughter and was astounded to find that the playground is not enclosed by a childproof fence.’
    resistant, impenetrable, impervious, repellent
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verb

[with object]
  • Make inaccessible to children.

    ‘childproof those cabinets with safety latches’
    • ‘Use a household safety checklist to childproof your child's grandparent's home.’
    • ‘As you begin to childproof your home, inspect each room from your youngster's viewpoint.’
    • ‘Any parent who counts on anyone else to childproof to the point of avoiding responsibility is being naive simply because every kid is different.’
    • ‘I remember this with amusement because now, with months of childproofing our apartment behind me, I realize that this is one case where the distinction between literal and figurative meaning is hopelessly blurred.’
    • ‘Below are some of tips on how to childproof your home.’
    • ‘I childproofed the entire house before everyone came.’
    • ‘When you get to the place you are staying, make sure to childproof the room.’
    • ‘‘It's easier to childproof a gun than to bulletproof a child,’ she told the crowd.’
    • ‘It is easy to go overboard in childproofing our culture, and it is easy to underestimate the ability of children to contend with and to process cultural influences.’
    • ‘A few ways you can minimize injuries is by childproofing your home, making sure your child always wears helmets and safety gear when participating in sports, and using car seats and seat belts for your child at every age and stage.’
    • ‘‘I often make the distinction between childproofing the house or house-proofing the child,’ Solomon says.’
    • ‘And just as you would childproof an indoor room, it's important to take safety precautions in the yard to keep young children safe.’
    • ‘Among other things, these steps will help childproof your pet - an important step, since more than half of bite victims are youngsters.’
    • ‘In many of these classes, you'll learn how to change a diaper, hold the baby, feed and burp the baby, put the baby to sleep, install a car seat, and childproof your home.’
    • ‘The doors not only keep out dust and dirt - they also make it possible to lock or otherwise childproof the cabinet.’
    • ‘Learn about foreign bodies, toy safety, sudden infant death syndrome, and childproofing your home.’

Pronunciation

childproof

/ˈCHīl(d)pro͞of//ˈtʃaɪl(d)pruf/