Definition of second childhood in US English:

second childhood


  • A period in someone's adult life when they act as a child, either for fun or as a consequence of reduced mental capabilities.

    • ‘Old age is second childhood and while enacting the role, I realised that aping an infant would make the character more lively.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, to witness them together is to witness a second childhood in full flow.’
    • ‘I don't want to see puns, I don't want to see your carefree second childhood!’
    • ‘They're cantankerous and cussed and refuse to obey the rules, but they're like naughty schoolboys enjoying a second childhood.’
    • ‘Scooting around in the sunshine, Ulrich looks like a middle-aged guy searching for his second childhood.’
    • ‘He tells himself all of them feel too young for what they are about to do, but this is no time for a second childhood.’
    • ‘If my grown up children caught me with it they might think I was entering my second childhood.’
    • ‘In some ways the 19-year-old Cavaliers star is experiencing a second childhood as a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team.’
    • ‘And, no I'm not entering into my second childhood either.’
    • ‘But he feels he has reached the end of his second childhood.’
    • ‘And second childhood now appears to mean a facility with computers.’
    • ‘Those in geriatric care are working with persons in their second childhood and thus get booted down to the bottom again.’
    • ‘The other burning issue of the week appears to be the emergence of second childhood in your middle age.’
    • ‘Aged persons, or those in second childhood, are obnoxious to the same causes, and suffer in proportion.’
    • ‘Only this time you are older, less immune to the noise and you want to get on with enjoying your own second childhood.’
    • ‘It's like he's enjoying a second childhood, finding energy that he didn't have before.’
    • ‘I think there's joy in telling a story for children and for adults too, who live through a second childhood when seeing this show.’
    • ‘Mr Hockney, it seems, is enjoying a second childhood.’
    • ‘They are miserable, so sick from poverty that they have entered old age or second childhood.’
    • ‘The regression of the senior lawyer into second childhood was able to mesh the two visual themes and return a sense of continuity to the play.’
    decrepitude, infirmity, feebleness, unsteadiness, senescence, decline, old age, dotage, confusion, alzheimer's, alzheimer's disease, senile dementia
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