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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The character Lionel is guiltless, guileless, noble, brave, and devastatingly romantic. Armond White, National Review, "Motherless Brooklyn’s Retro Liberalism," 13 Nov. 2019 Here, Ball’s guileless style serves as psychological characterization, conjuring people who long, above all, to remain blameless. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“The Divers’ Game,” Jesse Ball’s Unnerving Parable of a Country That Feigns Innocence," 23 Sep. 2019 All the actors except for Curry double: Roz White and William T, Newman Jr. are particularly enjoyable as Undine’s guileless parents, and Aakhu TuahNera Freeman ably blends sweetness and flintiness as Undine’s not-so-innocent grandmother. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Lynn Nottage’s comic ‘Fabulation’ maps a slide down the social ladder," 28 Aug. 2019 Her Dora is utterly guileless, open, happy and lacks any trace of irony. Randy Cordova, Detroit Free Press, "Live-action Dora the Explorer movie is surprisingly good," 8 Aug. 2019 Yet this farcical tale is swallowed whole along with the meal by the hapless, guileless youths. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Lots of reasons to experience ‘Archduke’," 13 June 2019 Molly is sincere and guileless, a true foil for steely and withering Katherine. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Emma Thompson makes ‘Late Night’ worth staying up for – almost single-handedly," 10 June 2019 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,, "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

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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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of guileless was circa 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of guileless

: very innocent

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