A person who is childish acts like a child. This adjective can be used for children and adults. (Do you know what an adjective is?)
- He’s being childish.
- It’s childish to behave that way.
- Don’t be so childish. Act your age!
- That game seems a little too childish for those teenagers.
- The way that she made her demand was a bit childish.
- Childish adults do not make good parents.
- He’s acting in a childish manner.
- He looks so childish the way he folds his arms.
Racing through a grocery store with a shopping cart is childish.
The word "childishly" is an adverb. An adverb modifies a verb.
- He’s behaving childishly.
- She childishly refused to answer the question.
- Adults who settle problems childishly are not good role models for children.
The word "childishness" is a noun.
- The man is well-known for his childishness.
- Childishness is not a good personality trait.
- Please, stop your childishness!
- Childishness on the job is not a good way to impress coworkers and supervisors.
Note: There is a difference between being childish and being young at heart. An adult who feels young or who looks young is not childish.
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January 19, 2019