faux-naïf

adjective
faux-na·​ïf | \ ˌfō-nä-ˈēf How to pronounce faux-naïf (audio) \
variants: or faux-naif

Definition of faux-naïf

: spuriously or affectedly childlike : artfully simple faux-naïf prose

First Known Use of faux-naïf

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faux-naïf

French, literally, falsely naive

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The first known use of faux-naïf was in 1941

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“Faux-naïf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux-na%C3%AFf. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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