childlike

[ chahyld-lahyk ]SEE DEFINITION OF childlike

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHILDLIKE

But, childlike, she was not ready to own her sorrow; and she turned her back, trembling.

The first fervors of the romance of discovery were childlike in their eagerness.

Indeed, there was yet much that was childlike in their growing love.

Glory could have cried for joy of it all—it was so simple, so human, so childlike.

Nevertheless, he smiled in a childlike way, and began to talk of the dog.

It was something for a schoolteacher, counted a mild and childlike man.

"We never say anything at home," said Poppy, with childlike candour.

The girl was too childlike in mind to realize the meaning of her sweet emotion.

It was bright and hot—they were going, clean and childlike, to help their fellows at the bridge.

"Why, I was thinking it very fortunate," replied Jennie, with her most childlike expression.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "proper to a child," from child + like. Meaning "like a child" in a good sense (distinguished from childish) is from 1738.

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