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παιδ-ικός, ή, όν, of a child, θρίξ IG12(5).173 iii 4 (Paros); χιτών PTeb.127 (ii B. C.); ἡλικία Demetr. Lac.Herc.1055.10; for or like a child, whether boy or girl, but more commonly the former, boyish, ἔρως Pl.R.608a, cf. S.Fr.841; πέος Ar.Lys.415; π. χορός the chorus of boys, Lys.21.4; π. δῶρον a present for a child, Arist.EN1123a15; π. ἁμαρτίαι, φιλίαι, ib.1119a34, 1165b26; π. μαθήματα the elementary sciences, chiefly geometry, Plb.9.26a.4; π. μέτρησις Str.2.4.2; παλαίστρα SIG577.84 (Milet., iii/ii B. C.); τὸ π. νικᾶν to win in the boys' games, IG5(1).275, al. (Sparta, also written παιδιχόν, ib.260, al.); π. αὐλός, opp. παρθένιος, Arist.HA581b11.

2. playful, sportive, λόγοι X.Ages.8.2; opp.σπουδαῖος, Pl.Cra.406c. Adv. -κῶς, opp. σπουδαίως, ibid., Id.Ly.211a, etc.

3. puerile, φθόνος Id.Phlb.49a; ἠλίθιον καὶ λίαν π. Arist.EN1176b33.

II. of or for a beloved youth, ὕμνοι π. love-songs, B.Fr.3.12; π. λόγος a love-tale, X.Cyr.1.4.27; παιδικά (sc. μέλη), such as the twenty-ninth Idyll of Theoc.

III. as Subst. παιδικόν, τό, boys' gymnasium, AJA18.329(i B. C.): but mostly,

2. darling, favourite, minion, μηδὲ παλλακὴν μηδὲ π. ἔχειν PTeb.104.20(i B. C.):—
elsewh. in pl. (of a single person) παιδικά, ῶν, τά, mostly of a boy, S.Fr.153, Pl.Prt.315e, etc.; [Ζήνων] π. τοῦ Παρμενίδου his darling pupil, Id.Prm.127b; π. ὢν καὶ πιστότατος Th.1.132, cf. Pl. Phdr.239a: seldom as a real pl., ἐρασταὶ καὶ π. Id.Smp.178e, Onos. 24; rarely of a girl, Cratin.258, Eup.327: generally, Philostr.Her. 2.7.

b. metaph., darling pursuit, φιλοσοφία τὰ ἐμὰ π. Pl.Grg.482a, cf. Max. Tyr.35.1, Lib.Or.59.133.