childishness


adjective

  1. of, like, or befitting a child: childish games.
  2. puerile; weak; silly: childish fears.

adjective

  1. in the manner of, belonging to, or suitable to a child
  2. foolish or petty; puerilechildish fears
adj.

Old English cildisc “proper to a child;” see child + -ish. Meaning “puerile, immature, like a child” in a bad sense is from early 15c. Related: Childishly; childishness.

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