gullible

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Etymology[edit]

Either gull +‎ -ible, or from dialect Middle English gull (newly hatched bird), perhaps from Old Norse gulr, from the hue of its down.[1]

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gullible (comparative more gullible, superlative most gullible)

  1. Easily deceived or duped; naïve, easily cheated or fooled.

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Noun[edit]

gullible (plural gullibles)

  1. A gullible person; someone easily fooled or tricked.
    • 1991, Guy Endore, Babouk: Voices of Resistance (page 70)
      They pictured to these gullibles the unearthly delights that were to be enjoyed as servants of the Spaniards. But such tricks could not last, for Cuba was too close to Saint Domingue, and news of the real conditions leaked across the windward passage and were bruited about.

References[edit]

  1. ^ gullible” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.

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