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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.
See also: childhood, second

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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Old-age is a second childhood. Hold those wrinkled hands in yours, speak a few words of compassion and restore that glee in the eyes of the elderly!
In their search for emancipation, for a second childhood, Syrians will suffer, but they will also struggle against suffering.
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." Yet for the speakers in Howe's poems, the apparent chasm between childhood and adulthood implies that those gardens of innocence will never be fully recaptured: "I've lost my child at the bend where we parted.
"I was the one who wanted to regress to some Eden, claim a second childhood by using May as my ticket."
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Hell, as an old guy I'm experiencing my second childhood, and with the market in the shitter and gold only good for looking at, I've chosen to invest in fun and guns.
SECOND CHILDHOOD: This little girl is helping me switch on the Christmas lights in November 1969.
The youngsters do learn faster but it certainly makes an ideal brain gym for those in their second childhood!
She said: "It's a new beginning for me and maybe it's a second childhood and I'm going to love every minute of it.
They have entered what we call their "second childhood".
She doesn't want to be there but her father, who is apparently experiencing a second childhood, has dragged her there.
Hadath is enjoying a second childhood at the age of eight after putting leg trouble behind him.
Hannah has used Peter Pan influences in her outfit because she thought winning the lottery would be like having a second childhood, while Liana's ensemble includes a magician's cape with 3D multi-coloured stars.
His last ten years of slow decline were spent walled away in his beautiful garden, desultorily sipping local champagne and playing with a second childhood's vast army of model soldiers.
ACTOR John Forgeham is 62 and has just become a grandfather -but he admits he's going through his second childhood.