Child Definition

Define what is Child?

1. child, tiddler, youngster, nipper, minor, Kid, nestling, small fry, tike, shaver, Fry, Tyke (noun)

a young person of either sex.

  • she writes books for children.
  • they're just kids.
  • `tiddler' is a British term for youngster.

juvenile, juvenile person noun
a young person, not fully developed.


bairn noun
a child: son or daughter.

buster noun
a robust child.

changeling noun
a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy.

child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child noun
a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age.

foster-child, foster child, fosterling noun
a child who is raised by foster parents.

scamp, imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag noun
one who is playfully mischievous.

kiddy noun
a young child.

orphan noun
a child who has lost both parents.

peanut noun
a young child who is small for his age.

picaninny, piccaninny, pickaninny noun
(ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child.

poster child noun
a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes.

kindergartener, kindergartner, preschooler noun
a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten.

silly noun
a word used for misbehaving children.

sprog noun
a child.

bambino, toddler, yearling, tot noun
a young child.

urchin noun
poor and often mischievous city child.

street child, waif noun
a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned.

2. child, Kid (noun)

a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age.

  • they had three children.
  • they were able to send their kids to college.
Synonyms: Kid
Antonyms: parent (noun)

a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian.


offspring, progeny, issue noun
the immediate descendants of a person.


army brat noun
the child of a career officer of the United States Army.

babe, baby, infant noun
a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk.

female offspring noun
a child who is female.

male offspring, man-child noun
a child who is male.

stepchild noun
a child of your spouse by a former marriage.

3. baby, child (noun)

an immature childish person.

  • he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived.
  • stop being a baby!.
Synonyms: baby

individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul noun
a human being.

4. child (noun)

a member of a clan or tribe.

  • the children of Israel.

descendant, descendent noun
a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race.

Nearby Terms

child abuse (noun)
the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children

child care (noun)
a service involving care for other people's children

child molester (noun)
a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner

child neglect (noun)
failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child

child pornography (noun)
the illegal use of children in pornographic pictures or films

child prodigy (noun)
a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age

child psychology (noun)
the branch of psychology that studies the social and mental development of children

child support (noun)
court-ordered support paid by one spouse to the other who has custody of the children after the parents are separated

child welfare agency (noun)
an administrative unit responsible for social work concerned with the welfare and vocational training of children

child welfare service (noun)
an administrative unit responsible for social work concerned with the welfare and vocational training of children

child's body (noun)
the body of a human child

child's game (noun)
a game enjoyed by children

child's play (noun)
any undertaking that is easy to do

child's room (noun)
a bedroom for a child

child-centered (adjective satellite)
designed to promote a child's personal qualities rather than to provide training or information