What are some opposite words for childlike?

Antonyms for childlike
ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term childlike.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. childlike, childly(adj)

    befitting a young child

    "childlike charm"

    Antonyms:
    old, sophisticated

    Synonyms:
    round-eyed, childly, simple, dewy-eyed, wide-eyed

  2. childlike, wide-eyed, round-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple(adj)

    exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

    "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"

    Antonyms:
    old, sophisticated

    Synonyms:
    uncomplicated, mere(a), simple(a), unproblematic, unsubdivided, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, childly, bare(a), saucer-eyed, elementary, dim-witted, simple-minded, wide, simple, wide-eyed

Wiktionary

  1. childlike(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    childly, childish

  2. childlike(adjective)

    innocent and trustful; credulous; artless

    Synonyms:
    childly, childish

  3. childlike(adjective)

    of, like, or suitable for a child; meek; submissive

    Synonyms:
    childly, childish

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. childlike

    Boyish, childish, and girlish are used in a good sense of those to whom they properly belong, but in a bad sense of those from whom more maturity is to be expected; childish eagerness or glee is pleasing in a child, but unbecoming in a man; puerile in modern use is distinctly contemptuous. Juvenile and youthful are commonly used in a favorable and kindly sense in their application to those still young; youthful in the sense of having the characteristics of youth, hence fresh, vigorous, light-hearted, buoyant, may have a favorable import as applied to any age, as when we say the old man still retains his youthful ardor, vigor, or hopefulness; juvenile in such use would belittle the statement. Young is distinctively applied to those in the early stage of life or not arrived at maturity. Compare NEW.

    Compare synonyms for OLD.

    Synonyms:
    adolescent, boyish, callow, childish, girlish, immature, juvenile, puerile, young, youthful

How to use childlike in a sentence?

  1. Karl Kraus:

    Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Good Leader must be open minded, open to new ideas with childlike enthusiasm, even though certain new ideas may seem strange and probably be at odds with Leader's preconceptions and beliefs. However, during the turbulent times of change, Leader may not be able to add any new ideas into his overfilled plate, unless and until she/he removes a few sitting in the plate. It's an interesting balancing act, in my view. To be in sync with dynamically changing new world, Leader must be willing and able to drop old notions, while embracing the new concepts with beginner's mindset.

  3. Will Smith:

    What Robin Williams did with this character - he just didn't leave a lot of room to add to the genie. So I started off fearful but then when I got with the music, it just started waking up that fun, childlike, silly part of me, this was the most joyful experience of my career.

  4. Jo Malcomson:

    It was very much like entering into a magical wonderland. It's a childlike wondrous experience, which completely absorbs one's attention and captures one's imagination.

  5. Sherwood Anderson:

    General Grant had a simple, childlike recipe for meeting life ... I am terribly afraid, but the other fellow is afraid, too.

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