childishly

childish

[chahyl-dish]
adjective
1.
of, like, or befitting a child: childish games.
2.
puerile; weak; silly: childish fears.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English childisch, Old English cildisc. See child, -ish1

childishly, adverb
childishness, noun
overchildish, adjective
overchildishly, adverb
overchildishness, noun
unchildish, adjective
unchildishly, adverb
unchildishness, noun

childish, childlike (see synonym study at the current entry).


Childish, infantile, childlike refer to characteristics or qualities of childhood. The ending -ish often has unfavorable connotations; childish therefore refers to characteristics that are undesirable and unpleasant: childish selfishness, outbursts of temper. Infantile originally a general word, now often carries an even stronger idea of disapproval or scorn than does childish : infantile reasoning, behavior. The ending -like has pleasing or neutral connotations; childlike therefore refers to the characteristics that are desirable and admirable: childlike innocence, trust.


mature, adult.
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childish (ˈtʃaɪldɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  in the manner of, belonging to, or suitable to a child
2.  foolish or petty; puerile: childish fears
 
'childishly
 
adv
 
'childishness
 
n

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childish
O.E. cildisc "proper to a child," from child + -ish. Meaning "puerile, immature, like a child" in a bad sense is from c.1420.
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