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second childhood

1. A time in a person's life (especially an older person) when their mental capacity is reduced to that of a child, as due to disease or old age. After my grandfather suffered his second stroke, he really entered into a second childhood.
2. A period of rejuvenated or renewed interest in things that interest a child. Being a part of my son's life as he grows up has been like a second childhood for me, because seeing him experience the magic of the world has made me appreciate it again as well. Jerry's sort of been in his second childhood ever since he lost his job, as he's gotten back into model train building and video games.
See also: childhood, second

second childhood

The dotage of old age; also, childlike playfulness in an adult. For example, Grandpa needs full-time care, now that he's in his second childhood, or Since he retired and started learning to fly, he's been in his second childhood. Depending on the context, this term may allude either to such problems of old age as losing one's mental or physical capacities or to delighting in new pleasures in a childlike fashion. [c. 1900]
See also: childhood, second

second childhood

COMMON
1. An adult's second childhood is a period of time when they have fun and do things that children typically enjoy. My father was a model railway man. My mother passes this off as his second childhood.
2. An elderly person's second childhood is when their mind has become weak and they can no longer care for themselves. We were shocked by his rapid descent into a second childhood.
See also: childhood, second

second childhood

a state of childishness that sometimes occurs in old age.
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a/your second ˈchildhood

a period in life, especially in old age, when you sometimes act like a child, forget things, etc: I have to feed her and dress her. She’s really in her second childhood.
See also: childhood, second
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Under the rubric of a title like Second Childhood, the reader might wonder what sort of return such a rebirth or rejuvenation entails, especially when the repeated impulse is to "stop becoming an adult," to shed the weight of "luggage from the twentieth century.
She doesn't want to be there but her father, who is apparently experiencing a second childhood, has dragged her there.
Mind you, numbers one to six might well wonder why their daddy didn't discover the joys of hands-on parenting until the ageing rocker was practically in his own second childhood.
Hadath is enjoying a second childhood at the age of eight after putting leg trouble behind him.
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ACTOR John Forgeham is 62 and has just become a grandfather -but he admits he's going through his second childhood.
Call it nostalgia, retro, or second childhood, but dimly remembered toys of yesterday are making a comeback.
former chairman of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and author of Don't Drink Your Milk, blames every second childhood health problem on hormone-ridden commercial milk.
Growing numbers of three and four generation families are dealing with giant size teenagers (who one mom described as very tall toddlers) and shrinking seniors (who seem to lose inch after inch as though they were looking toward a second childhood in size as well as function.
Parents of toddlers often get to go through a second childhood of sorts, suffering right along with their children a seemingly endless on slaught of infections.
I'm not entering my second childhood - I never left it.
For teachers and others whose work can become routine and tedious, TCBs relieve stress by forcing you to have a second childhood in a positive way, meaning not to be afraid to be imaginative again.
I really would like to know, just in case I get invited to another fancy dress party as I navigate my second childhood.
Yvonne said I must be entering my second childhood, and I told her I wasn't done with the first one yet.
So while Robbie delights in a prank-filled second childhood, wisdom and maturity are the watchwords for Take That Mk II.