Definition of infantine in English:



  • archaic term for infantile
    • ‘They play no part in the celestial symphony; nor are they capable of more than merely infantine enjoyment.’
    • ‘From that point, what he described as his ‘primitive and infantine feeling’ faded and his work became more conventional.’
    • ‘Even when we have relinquished this infantine period, we are seldom left destitute of religious instruction.’
    • ‘If she before, by her infantine caresses, had gained his affection, now that the woman began to appear, she was still more attaching as a companion.’
    • ‘Breast-feeding could lead to ‘infantine debility which might lead to curvature of the spine, or intestinal diseases, where the addition to, or total substitution of, an artificial… aliment’ would help.’


Early 17th century: from obsolete French infantin, variant of Old French enfantin, from Latin infans, infant- (see infant).