“childish” and “childlike”

When you refer to an adult’s behaviour as being “childish”, what you mean is that he is behaving immaturely; he is behaving like a small child. The word has a negative connotation.

*The childish behaviour of the teacher had everyone in splits.

Unlike the word “childish”, the word “childlike” has a positive connotation. It means having some of the attractive qualities that one normally associates with a child — innocence, simplicity, and sincerity.

*Revathi took part in the activity with childlike enthusiasm.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, Dec 13, 2004

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s