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childishadjective

uk   /ˈtʃaɪl.dɪʃ/ us   /ˈtʃaɪl.dɪʃ/
B2 typical of a child: childish handwriting
B2 disapproving If an adult is childish, they behave badly in a way that would be expected of a child: He wasn't enjoying the occasion so he thought he'd spoil it for everyone else - it was very childish of him.
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childishly
adverb uk   /ˈtʃaɪl.dɪʃ.li/ us   /ˈtʃaɪl.dɪʃ.li/ disapproving
childishness
noun [U] uk   /ˈtʃaɪl.dɪʃ.nəs/ us   /ˈtʃaɪl.dɪʃ.nəs/ disapproving
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childishadjective

us   /ˈtʃɑɪl·dɪʃ/
like or typical of a child, or intended for children: a childish body The pictures made the magazine look childish.
When you describe the behavior of an adult or an older child as childish, you mean the person is behaving in a foolish way that is typical of a young child’s behavior.
childishly
adverb us   /ˈtʃɑɪl·dɪʃ·li/
Kate is 43, but she can be childishly impatient.
(Definition of childish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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