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Definition of "childlike" [child•like]

  • Like or befitting a child, as in innocence, trustfulness, or candor. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "childlike" in a sentence
  • "Old Ebbits looked at me in childlike wonder, while Zilla sneered openly at the absurdity of my question."
  • "All but Violet, who stood amazed, slowly pushing up her Mardi Gras mask to reveal an expression of childlike wonder."
  • "The right-hand page shows in childlike handwriting the first lines of his poem “Pastoral”: “The little sparrows/hop ingenuously/about the pavement/quarreling.”"