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second childhood

senility; dotage.
Origin of second childhood
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They look like so many grandfathers in their second-childhood.

    Grandfather's Chair Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for second-childhood

second childhood

dotage; senility (esp in the phrases in his, her, etc, second childhood)
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Idioms and Phrases with second-childhood

second childhood

The dotage of old age; also, childlike playfulness in an adult. For example, Grandpa needs full-time care, now that he's in his second childhood, or Since he retired and started learning to fly, he's been in his second childhood. Depending on the context, this term may allude either to such problems of old age as losing one's mental or physical capacities or to delighting in new pleasures in a childlike fashion. [ c. 1900 ]
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