naïf

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French naïf.

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naïf (comparative more naïf, superlative most naïf)

  1. Naive.
    • 1947, S.E. Morison, History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Little, Brown, & Company, page 5:
      Doenitz was naïf to assume that England would have stood idly by while Germany built up her U-boat force to four figures; but it was true enough that the German Navy was unprepared for a submarine war.

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naïf (plural naïfs)

  1. One who is naive.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French naïf, inherited from Latin nātīvus. Doublet of natif. Semantical shift from "original; natural; simple" to "simple-minded".

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naïf (feminine singular naïve, masculine plural naïfs, feminine plural naïves)

  1. naive, dewy-eyed; gullible
    Il est vraiment naïf, il a gobé tout ce qu'ils lui ont raconté.
    • 1923, Marcel Proust, La prisonnière
      Habituellement, on déteste ce qui nous est semblable, et nos propres défauts vus du dehors nous exaspèrent. Combien plus encore quand quelqu’un qui a passé l’âge où on les exprime naïvement et qui, par exemple, s’est fait dans les moments les plus brûlants un visage de glace, exècre-t-il les mêmes défauts, si c’est un autre, plus jeune, ou plus naïf, ou plus sot, qui les exprime !
      As a general rule, we detest what resembles ourself, and our own faults when observed in another person infuriate us. How much the more does a man who has passed the age at which we instinctively display them, a man who, for instance, has gone through the most burning moments with an icy countenance, execrate those same faults, if it is another man, younger or simpler or stupider, that is displaying them.
      Translated by Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French naïf.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /naˈif/, [n̺äˈif]
  • Hyphenation: na‧ïf

Adjective[edit]

naïf (invariable)

  1. naive

Noun[edit]

naïf (invariable)

  1. a naive person

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