guile·​less | \ ˈgī(-ə)l-ləs How to pronounce guileless (audio) \

Definition of guileless

: innocent, naive a straightforward man with a guileless smile

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Jewish press does not see Abbas as such a guileless figure. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 By dwelling on others’ seductiveness, the narrator presents herself as relatively guileless and likably average. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 24 July 2021 Robinson appeared on all but the first of Night Court's nine seasons, starring opposite Harry Anderson as an eccentric judge, John Larroquette as a narcissistic prosecutor, and Markie Post as a guileless public defender. Oliver Gettell,, 13 July 2021 My Cousin Rachel centers around a seemingly charming and guileless widow who seduces her cousin before completely taking over his life and fortune. Anne Cohen,, 21 Oct. 2020 With her rosy cheeks, wide eyes, and frothy wardrobe, Fanning can look absolutely guileless one second and blood-hungry the next. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 18 June 2020 After playing Gergich in the NBC sitcom for many years, O’Heir easily stays in character as the affable but guileless and clumsy government employee. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2020 Her latest victim is Harriet, a guileless naïf whose family origins are uncertain. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 21 Feb. 2020 White and Pinkman were an ambivalent team, amplifying the worst and best in each other, the older mentor’s calculated wickedness playing against his guileless protégé’s compassion. Lorraine Ali,, 11 Oct. 2019 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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