guileless

adjective
guile·​less | \ˈgī(-ə)l-ləs \

Definition of guileless 

: innocent, naive a straightforward man with a guileless smile

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Other Words from guileless

guilelessly adverb
guilelessness noun

Examples of guileless in a Sentence

she was an easygoing, guileless young woman who was comfortable just being herself

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There is something almost dialectical about the contrast between the parents on one hand and Nancy on the other, between Cameron and Buscemi’s open, guileless performances and Riseborough’s flat, affectless line readings. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Andrea Riseborough brings complexity to an emotional void in the melancholic 'Nancy'," 7 June 2018 And then there’s Faith, whose demand that the world give her the chance to be one of its conquering heroes is the definition of a certain kind of ambition — graceful, guileless and vaguely sinister. Lena Dunham, New York Times, "Meg Wolitzer’s New Novel Takes On the Politics of Women’s Mentorship," 29 Mar. 2018 At the start of the season, Ruth, in a guileless effort to advocate for her coworkers, appeals to Sam. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "In GLOW, Who Gets To Be Empowered?," 28 June 2018 Brayden, a rich-voiced British actress, easily conveys Pearl’s self-conscious angst, while Platt’s Walker has a gentle ease, without Mortensen’s guileless charm. SFChronicle.com, "World premiere musical ‘Walk on the Moon’ in S.F. mostly captures spirit of 1969," 16 June 2018 Never trust a baby chick, not even the most downy and guileless. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Ella Zanow admonishes a chicken," 12 June 2018 Vogue also opened its doors to a scheming assistant (played by Paulson), who is working with none other than the magazine’s own blissfully guileless Director of Special Events Eaddy Kiernan. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Met Goes Meta: How Hamish Bowles Created the Costume Institute Exhibition in Ocean’s 8," 7 June 2018 The story unfolded slowly, calmly, its violence muffled by the confusion of its narrator, a guileless teen-age girl. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame," 28 May 2018 Adding models like Adut Akech, Shanelle Nyasiase, and Meghan Roche to the roster the gave the lineup a youthful sensibility, but clad in Donatella’s corsets and tartan even the most guileless girl next door was transformed into a bombshell. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "At Versace a Different Kind of Supermodel Throwback," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of guileless

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guileless

see guile

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guileless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of guileless

: very innocent

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