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infantile (adj) (of behavior and attitude) childish, silly; connected with very small children.

Infantile behavior is childish behavior in an adult and therefore improper. Infantile talk is the talk natural to a small child and is therefore not proper in an adult. Infantile obstinacy is the obstinacy that is typical of a small child and not to be expected in a grown up. Infantile disease is disease common to small children. Infantile colic, for example, is the stomach ache usual among small children.

  • Johnny thinks that his jokes are very humorous, but he is not aware that most of us find them very infantile; jokes which can only amuse children and tire adults.
  • Nick’s infantile attitude to his colleagues often causes quarrels between him and them. They find his childish attitude intolerable.
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