What is the difference between childish and foolish?

childish | foolish |

As adjectives the difference between childish and foolish

is that childish is of or suitable for a child while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Of or suitable for a child.
  • Behaving immaturely.
  • Your childish temper tantrums are not going to change my decision on this matter.


    * (behaving immaturely) infantile, immature, silly, unbecoming, juvenile




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness