Definitions for: Child


[n] a young person of either sex (between birth and puberty); "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"
[n] a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; "they had three children"; "they were able to send their kids to college"
[n] an immature childish person; "he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived"; "stop being a baby!"
[n] a member of a clan or tribe; "the children of Israel"



Webster (1913) Definition: Child (ch[imac]ld), n.; pl. Children
(ch[i^]l"dr[e^]n). [AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth.
kil[thorn]ei womb, in-kil[thorn][=o] with child.]
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.

To be with child, to be pregnant.

Child's play, light work; a trifling contest.


Child, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Childed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Childing.]
To give birth; to produce young.

This queen Genissa childing died. --Warner.

It chanced within two days they childed both.
--Latimer.

Synonyms: fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

Antonyms: parent

See Also: babe, baby, bairn, bambino, buster, changeling, child's body, descendant, descendent, family, family unit, female offspring, foster-child, human, imp, individual, infant, issue, juvenile, juvenile person, kiddy, male offspring, man-child, monkey, mortal, offspring, orphan, person, picaninny, piccaninny, pickaninny, preschooler, progeny, pupil, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp, schoolchild, silly, somebody, someone, soul, sprog, stepchild, toddler, tot, urchin, waif, yearling

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