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Webster 1913 Edition


Childly

Child′ly

,
Adj.
Having the character of a child; belonging, or appropriate, to a child.
Gower.

Child′ly

,
adv.
Like a child.
Mrs. Browning.

Webster 1828 Edition


Childly

CHILDLY

,
Adj.
Like a child.

Definition 2022


childly

childly

English

Adjective

childly (comparative more childly, superlative most childly)

  1. Of or pertaining to a young child; childlike
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Usage notes

Childly has a positive connotation, as opposed to the sometimes pejorative childish.