Child"hood (?), n. [AS. cildhad; cild child + -had. See Child, and hood.]


The state of being a child; the time in which persons are children; the condition or time from infancy to puberty.

I have walked before you from my childhood. 1. Sam. xii. 2.


Children, taken collectively.


The well-governed childhood of this realm. Sir. W. Scott.


The commencement; the first period.

The childhood of our joy. Shak.

Second childhood, the state of being feeble and incapable from old age.


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