gullible

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adjective gull·ible \ˈgə-lə-bəl\

Definition of gullible

  1. :  easily duped or cheated

gullibility

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gullibly

play \ˈgə-lə-blē\ adverb

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.

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.

1818

First Known Use of gullible

1818

Variants of gullible

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gullable


GULLIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

gullible

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adjective gull·ible \ˈgə-lə-bəl\

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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