Definition of trophy child in US English:

trophy child


  • A child whose birth or achievements are paraded to enhance the parents' status.

    • ‘A leading social and ethics commentator noted: ‘Evidently this couple wanted just one child, a trophy child, added to their list of wants.’’
    • ‘There is no need for you to be a trophy child.’
    • ‘She's a cute little trophy child whose parents are prepared to tamper with evidence in order to shift the guilt.’
    • ‘Our ability to meddle with the genome will likely result in trophy children just as there are trophy wives and increasingly with women's empowerment, trophy husbands.’
    • ‘The moment Henry began to say something, Laura interrupted him, snarling, ‘In case you've forgotten, Father: the trophy child in this family has been dead for eight years, and I am not resuming her pathetic role… Good day, Father.’’
    • ‘They have huge white-leather sofas, a wall-to-wall aquarium of tropical fish, gizmos and gadgets, three gorgeous trophy children, and an au pair to keep them out of sight and out of mind.’
    • ‘She stops the pill because of hormone-driven moodiness, nobly deciding to keep the inevitable trophy child rather than suffer the agonies of monthly menstrual misery.’
    • ‘And parents of trophy children are unusually focused on outcomes and the belief that they can control them.’
    • ‘Protected and polished, they are trophy children in every sense of the word.’
    • ‘Certainly, just as there are trophy wives, there are now trophy children.’
    • ‘We long for the days when all it took to fit in at the country club was one trophy child.’
    • ‘I am sick of self-absorbed, career oriented yuppie parents whose only interest in having a ‘family’ is to have trophy children.’
    • ‘‘The college student today has generally been a kind of trophy child,’ Mark says.’
    • ‘And the author skillfully suggests that the high-powered couple's desire to augment little Dylan's intelligence is a complicated mix of genuine love and the desire for a trophy child who complements all their other ‘possessions.’’
    • ‘I don't think having pride in your child is the same thing as having a trophy child.’