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zaid's avatar

Is there a word for someone without children (like "bachelor" is to unmarried men)?

Asked by zaid (216points) April 24th, 2008

I’m wondering if you can say someone is a [word here] to indicate that they have no children. Like “widow” means your husband has died or “bachelor” means you are unmarried.

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demogear's avatar

cautious :)

zaid's avatar

ha ha. smart @$$. but yeah, cautious or careful both work. ;)

demogear's avatar

If you mean someone who cannot have children then the correct word would be sterile .

zaid's avatar

not exactly. a word might not exist. it would simply mean “non-parent” and nothing more.

gorillapaws's avatar

childless is the best I can come up with

gailcalled's avatar

I’m w. gorilla – childless is the best.

nikipedia's avatar

How about childfree?

gailcalled's avatar

Childless is neutral and descriptive. I read childfree as having an edge to it. It is like mosquito-free.

nikipedia's avatar

I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder. To me, “childless” sounds like someone wants children and can’t have them.

gailcalled's avatar

NIk: good point. G

zaid's avatar

i agree with gailcalled and nik. either way, the answer to my question appears to be “no”. thanks.

sccrowell's avatar

A woman who cannot conceive, would be considered to be “barren.” so then the not mom or not dad would remain childless.
So, I have to agree with gorilla and nikipedia!

For the most part, when we think of children or that of an only child

sccrowell's avatar

they wish to remain an ” only person?”

susanc's avatar

The medical term for a woman who hasn’t had children is “nullipara”. Romantic, huh?

mcbealer's avatar

how about nonparent?

sccrowell's avatar

There you go @mcbealer!

sillyboy's avatar

a person forebearing no children

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