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Meaning of CHILDHOOD

Pronunciation:  'chIldhûd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
  2. [n]  the time of person's life when they are a child

CHILDHOOD is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: puerility
 See Also: anal phase, anal stage, boyhood, girlhood, immatureness, immaturity, latency period, latency phase, latency stage, maidenhood, maidhood, phallic phase, phallic stage, prepuberty, time of life



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Child"hood\ (ch[imac]ld"h[oo^]d), n. [AS. cildh[=a]d;
cild child + -h[=a]d. See {Child}, and {-hood}.]
1. The state of being a child; the time in which persons are
   children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty.

         I have walked before you from my childhood. --1.
                                               Sam. xii. 2.

2. Children, taken collectively. [R.]

         The well-governed childhood of this realm. --Sir. W.

3. The commencement; the first period.

         The childhood of our joy.             --Shak.

{Second childhood}, the state of being feeble and incapable
   from old age.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of your childhood indicates your wish to return to a life where you had little responsibility and worries. It also represents innocence. Alternatively, it suggests that certain aspects of your childhood has not yet been integrated into your adult personality. Or on the other hand, some childhood anxiety has yet to be resolved in your adult life.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: adolescence, babyhood, beginnings, birth, boyhood, cradle, freshman year, genesis, girlhood, inception, inchoation, incipience, incipiency, incunabula, infancy, maidenhead, maidenhood, minority, nascence, nascency, nativity, origin, origination, parturition, pregnancy, pre-teens, puberty, subteens, teens, youth