gull·​ible | \ ˈgə-lə-bəl How to pronounce gullible (audio) \
variants: or less commonly gullable

Definition of gullible

: easily duped or cheated selling overpriced souvenirs to gullible tourists

Other Words from gullible

gullibility \ ˌgə-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce gullible (audio) \ noun
gullibly \ ˈgə-​lə-​blē How to pronounce gullible (audio) \ adverb

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Don't fall for anyone who tries to convince you that gullible isn't entered in the dictionary. It's right there, along with the run-on entries gullibility and gullibly. All three words descend from the verb gull, meaning "to deceive or take advantage of." The verb 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—a word which is unrelated to the familiar word for a seabird, which is of Celtic origin.

Examples of gullible in a Sentence

I'm not gullible enough to believe something that outrageous. They sell overpriced souvenirs to gullible tourists.
Recent Examples on the Web The good news is that reason ultimately intrudes on the fabulist thinking of the overeducated and gullible. John Tamny, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Collins was either gullible or she, too, was lying. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 3 May 2022 That speech, disingenuous then, or hopelessly gullible, is utterly disqualifying now. Yvonne Abraham,, 24 June 2022 Classifying people as gullible is also good business for banks. Hannah Zeavin, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 In 1894, on Yale’s campus, the word fruit referred to a dupe, someone who was gullible or easily influenced. Joseph Lamour, Bon Appétit, 22 June 2022 Putin’s goons, including by prank-calling an especially gullible would-be assassin into confirming crucial details of the plot, while director Daniel Roher’s camera was rolling? Andy Meek, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 Executives may not take advantage of gullible investors, even those that are supposedly sophisticated. Jessica A. Roth For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 The over-all aim was to make crypto investing seem mainstream and draw in gullible investors who feared they were being left on the sidelines. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gullible

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gullible

see gull entry 2

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“Gullible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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gull·​ible | \ ˈgə-lə-bəl How to pronounce gullible (audio) \

Kids Definition of gullible

: easily fooled or cheated

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