2. [syn: childhood, puerility]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Childhood \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the time of person's life when they are a child
2: the state of a child between infancy and adolescence [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "childhood":
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, pre-teens, pregnancy, puberty, subteens,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
CHILDHOOD, n. The period of human life intermediate between the
idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -- two removes from the sin
of manhood and three from the remorse of age.