See also: Childs




  1. (nonstandard, rare) plural of child
    • 1966, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, and Stephen Sondheim, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, spoken by Pseudolus (Zero Mostel):
      You have been… searching! For… a child. No, no, no – two childs! A fine big boy… and a strange little boy. No, no, no… ahhh… a girl! A girl. A boy and a girl.
    • 1970, Freda Utley, Odyssey of a Liberal: Memoirs, page 103:
      I remember one amusing episode: in a conversation with an engineer when responding to the usual Japanese enquiry in making social talk, "How many childs have you?"
    • 1979, Spit in the Ocean, Volume 1, Issues 5-6, page 106:
      "It is as they say;" he clucks; "these childs are smoke the evil dope and the old ways of behave are forget.
    • 2003, Richard Matheson, Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson, page 172:
      I can have many childs. Ten at a time at once.
    • 2005, Stephan Olariu, Albert Y. Zomaya, Handbook of Bioinspired Algorithms and Applications, page 6-402:
      Thus, the initial random vectors are all normalized and the childs are also normalized to unit vectors after any crossover or mutation operation.
    • 2006, Holman Day, The Landloper: The Romance of a Man on Foot, page 192:
      It is poison that has kill our little Rosemarie – and all her life ahead! The doctor say so – and he say I cannot understand about the rich man, why he do it. But I understand that the childs are dying.
    • 2010, Jack Dazey, Dying For Her Love, page 114:
      We are not confused children and if we were then let these childs be free, for life is short and every bit of a smile extends life one more day.

Usage notesEdit

Primarily used in dialogue, to indicate that a foreign or illiterate speaker has a poor grasp of the English language. Occasionally used for simple comedic effect.




  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of child