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gullible

adjective

  1. (naïve)  naive and easily deceived or tricked
    Synonyms: fleeceable, green. Similar to: naïve
  2. (unwary)  easily tricked because of being too trusting
    Synonyms: gullable. Similar to: unwary

Etymology summary

Either gull + -ible, or from dialect Middle English gull ("newly hatched bird"),...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

gullible | gullibility [noun, derived]

easily taken in or tricked (5 of 492 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gullible

Merriam-Webster:

gullible | gullable | dewy-eyed [synonym] | exploitable [synonym] | easy [synonym] | naive [synonym] | susceptible [synonym] | trusting [synonym] | unwary [synonym] | ...

easily duped or cheated (4 of 108 words, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

gullible | credulous [synonym] | gullibility [derived] | gullibly [derived] | gullibleness [derived]

easily persuaded to believe something; credulous (6 of 67 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gullible

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gullible

a gullible person is easy to trick because they trust and believe people too easily (15 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gullible

Cambridge Dictionary:

gullible

easily deceived or tricked, and too willing to believe everything that other people say (14 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gullible

New World Dictionary:

gullible | gullibility [noun, related] | gullibly [adverb, related]

easily cheated or tricked; credulous (5 of 15 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gullible

American Heritage Dictionary:

gullible | gullibility [noun, related] | gullibly [adverb, related]

Easily deceived or duped. (4 of 14 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

gullible | fleeceable [synonym] | green [synonym] | naif [synonym] | naïve [synonym] | credent [obsolete] | gullable [archaic]

Easily deceived or duped; naïve, easily cheated or fooled. (9 of 14 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gullible

Random House Dictionary:

gullible | gullable

easily deceived or cheated. (4 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/gullible

Encarta Dictionary:

gullible

tending to trust and believe people, and therefore easily tricked or deceived (12 of 36 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861615789​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

gullible

Origin: Either gull + -ible, or from dialect Middle English gull ("newly hatched bird"), perhaps from Old Norse gulr, from the hue of its down.

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Online Etymology:

gullible

First use: 1825

Origin: apparently a back formation from "gullibility". Gullable is attested from 1818.

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Oxford Dictionary:

gullible

First use: early 19th century

Origin: "gull2" + "-ible"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gullible

gull [entry 2]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: unknown

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gull--2

-ible

Origin: French -ible or Latin -ibilis

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/--ible

American Heritage Dictionary:

gullible

Origin: From "gull" [entry 2].

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New World Dictionary:

gullible

Origin: "gull", + "-ible"

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gull | gulls [plural]

Origin: Middle English from Celtic, as in Cornish gullan, Welsh gwylan, Breton gwelan | Middle English gulle, silly fellow, ... (17 of 31 etymology words)

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-ible

Origin: Latin -ibilis

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Encarta Dictionary:

gullible [entry 2] | gulls [plural] | gulled [past tense] | gulling [present participle]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: unknown

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

gullible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gullible"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gullible

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gullible

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gullible"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

gullible

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gullible"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

gullible

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gullible"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gullible"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gullible

the Free Dictionary:

gullible

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gullible"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gullible"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gullible" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

gullible

Audio: English pronunciation of "gullible"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

gullible

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gullible"

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YourDictionary Audio:

gullible

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gullible" by speech synthesizer

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