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Examples of gullible in a sentence
I'm not gullible enough to believe something that outrageous.
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.
Origin and Etymology of gullible
First Known Use: 1818
GULLIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gullible for English Language Learners
: easily fooled or cheated; especially : quick to believe something that is not true
GULLIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of gullible for Students
: easily fooled or cheated
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