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child Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a young person of either sex
    tiddler; nipper; tyke; small fry; nestling; youngster; fry; shaver; tike; minor; kid.
    • she writes books for children
    • they're just kids
    • `tiddler' is a British term for youngster
  2. noun a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
    • they had three children
    • they were able to send their kids to college
  3. noun an immature childish person
    • he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived
    • stop being a baby!
  4. noun a member of a clan or tribe
    • the children of Israel

Child noun
AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilÞei womb, in-kilÞo with child.
plural Children
  1. A son or a daughter; a male or female descendant, in the first degree; the immediate progeny of human parents; -- in law, legitimate offspring. Used also of animals and plants.
  2. A descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural; as, the children of Israel; the children of Edom.
  3. One who, by character of practice, shows signs of relationship to, or of the influence of, another; one closely connected with a place, occupation, character, etc.; as, a child of God; a child of the devil; a child of disobedience; a child of toil; a child of the people.
  4. A noble youth. See Childe. Obs. Chaucer.
  5. A young person of either sex. esp. one between infancy and youth; hence, one who exhibits the characteristics of a very young person, as innocence, obedience, trustfulness, limited understanding, etc.
    When I was child. I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1. Cor. xii. 11.
  6. A female infant. Obs.
    A boy or a child, I wonder? Shak.
Child intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Childed; present participle & verbal noun Childing
  1. To give birth; to produce young.
    This queen Genissa childing died. Warner.
    It chanced within two days they childed both. Latimer.

Webster 1913

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