gullible

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adjective gull·ible \ˈgə-lə-bəl\
variants: or less commonly

gullable

Definition of gullible

  1. :  easily duped or cheated selling overpriced souvenirs to gullible tourists

gullibility

play \ˌgə-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

gullibly

play \ˈgə-lə-blē\ adverb

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Examples of gullible in a Sentence

  1. I'm not gullible enough to believe something that outrageous.

  2. They sell overpriced souvenirs to gullible tourists.

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Did You Know?

A recent commenter on our Web site asked, "Is gullibility a word"? Yes, it's entered as a run-on at our entry for "gullible," along with "gullibly." All three of these words descend from the verb gull, meaning "to deceive or take advantage of." The verb "gull" was borrowed into English from Anglo-French in the mid-16th century. Another relative is the noun "gull," referring to a person who is easy to cheat - no relation to the familiar word for a sea bird, which is of Celtic origin.

Origin and Etymology of gullible

see 2gull


GULLIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

gullible

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adjective

Definition of gullible for English Language Learners

  • : easily fooled or cheated; especially : quick to believe something that is not true


GULLIBLE Defined for Kids

gullible

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adjective gull·ible \ˈgə-lə-bəl\

Definition of gullible for Students

  1. :  easily fooled or cheated



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