Definition of gullible
- selling overpriced souvenirs to gullible tourists
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I'm not gullible enough to believe something that outrageous.
They sell overpriced souvenirs to gullible tourists.
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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.
: easily fooled or cheated; especially : quick to believe something that is not true
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