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CHILDLIKE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does childlike mean? 

CHILDLIKE (adjective)
  The adjective CHILDLIKE has 2 senses:

1. befitting a young child
2. exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

  Familiarity information: CHILDLIKE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHILDLIKE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Befitting a young child

Synonyms:

childlike; childly

Context example:

childlike charm

Similar:

immature; young ((used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth)


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Meaning:

Exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

Synonyms:

dewy-eyed; round-eyed; wide-eyed; childlike; simple

Context examples:

childlike trust / dewy-eyed innocence / listened in round-eyed wonder

Similar:

naif; naive (marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience)


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