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Meaning of “childish” in the English Dictionary

"childish" in British English

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childishadjective

uk   us   /ˈtʃaɪl.dɪʃ/
B2 typical of a ​child: childish ​handwritingB2 disapproving If an ​adult is childish, they ​behavebadly 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   us   /-li/ disapproving
childishness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ disapproving
(Definition of childish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"childish" in American English

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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 ​magazinelook childish. When you ​describe the ​behavior of an ​adult or an ​olderchild 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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