designed or arranged to prevent operation or damage by a child
to make childproof
- Designed to resist tampering by young children: a childproof aspirin bottle.
- Made safe for young children, as by the removal or alteration of potential hazards: a childproof kitchen.
transitive verbchild·proofed, child·proof·ing, child·proofs
To make childproof: childproof a house.
(comparative more childproof, superlative most childproof)
- Designed to be unable for a child to use, operate, or open.
- Because of her arthritis, she always asked not to have childproof caps on her medicine bottles.
- Made safe for children.
- They attempted to make the house childproof by covering all sharp corners with soft foam.
- Made safe from children; resistant to damage by children.
- After several visits from his darling nephews, Mike's bookshelves were childproof; all breakables and valuable books had been moved out of reach.
(third-person singular simple present childproofs, present participle childproofing, simple past and past participle childproofed)
- To make something childproof.
- I debated childproofing my house, but decided against, on the basis that any scars or burns would serve as object lessons in restraint.
From child + -proof