guileless

adjective
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 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, "Celebrities are warning us about coronavirus. We ranked their best and worst PSAs," 1 Apr. 2020 Her latest victim is Harriet, a guileless naïf whose family origins are uncertain. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "A Gorgeous New Emma Adaptation Strikes Just the Right Balance of Modern and Authentic," 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, chicagotribune.com, "‘El Camino’ review: ‘Breaking Bad’ movie proves Jesse is lost without Walt," 11 Oct. 2019 White and Pinkman were an ambivalent team, amplifying the worst and the best in each other, the older mentor’s calculated wickedness playing against his guileless protégé’s compassion. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The ‘Breaking Bad’ movie proves Jesse is lost without Walt," 11 Oct. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of guileless was circa 1616

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7 Apr 2020

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“Guileless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guileless. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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guileless

adjective
How to pronounce guileless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of guileless

: very innocent

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