Definitions

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  • adjective Not childlike; inappropriate for a child to do or be

Etymologies

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un- +‎ childlike

Examples

  • During its passing she lived through a wild, unchildlike woe of which she never spoke to anyone about her.

    Turning Books Inside-Out for Boys

  • 'It would be better to make friends of the Salamanders than to force them,' he had written in his unchildlike hand.

    red dust

  • During its passing she lived through a wild, unchildlike woe of which she never spoke to anyone about her.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • The child, and its unchildlike concerns, has been a leitmotif of what could be called the Iranian Ongoing Wave: to the joy of cineastes; to the annoyance of the proudly low-brow.

    Arts Extra: Iran's Newest Wave

  • She never failed to act surprised -- the reward for my vast, unchildlike patience.

    MOM ALWAYS MADE ROOM FOR ONE MORE

  • The little stratagems she had devised to try him, the little tokens he had given in his childish way — not of dulness but of something infinitely worse, so ghastly and unchildlike in its cunning — came back as vividly as if but yesterday had intervened.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • But between her and David a friendship had sprung up, a strange, unchildlike but good friendship.

    The Watch

  • Elizabeth had a most unchildlike interest in how he had become so rich-well, perhaps it was not so surprising when she was always being told there was not money enough for this or that.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • Elizabeth was horrified; she flew into a most unchildlike rage, absolutely forbidding the dismissal of men who had carried her about, told her tales, and allowed her-with discretion'to play with their weapons.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • I looked at her in silence and wondered what had brought the unchildlike expression of sadness to her face which I now observed for the first time there.

    Boyhood

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