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adjective as in innocent, naive

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Example Sentences

I always found myself reading the replies with an almost childlike eagerness, a need to be comforted—or at least told what to expect.

From Time

He could been my son, but I felt childlike before his authority.

Stephan Pastis, creator of “Pearls Before Swine,” views Calvin as an expression of pure childlike id, yet thinks there is a whole other dynamic that makes many of Calvin’s acts of imagination so appealing.

I looked up at the stars and felt my childlike wonder return.

There’s a real sense of childlike treasure-hunting tied to foraging.

From Eater

But then the summit gives way to the other side of the hill, and a childlike glee arises from the whooooosh of the descent.

Too many people reverted to a childlike state, and they wanted a daddy-protector.

Their playful exhibitions are often meant to be interactive and instill a childlike sense of joy in the viewer.

“Her reporting was childlike but graphic,” says the documents.

Childlike Elvis Presley was amusing but a complete failure in the feathers.

With childlike confidence he follows the advice of some more or less honest dealer.

In his childlike, impulsive fashion he had not thought of the future when he adopted Jean.

There was in his voice a sound of warm yet almost childlike enthusiasm, with which she was becoming very familiar.

So Aristide, in his childlike way, found remarkable happiness in Beverly Stoke.

By way of showing a pretty, childlike impatience, she began to beat time with her feet to the spirited air the band was playing.


On this page you'll find 40 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to childlike, such as: childish, guileless, artless, credulous, immature, and ingenuous.

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