naïf

noun
na·​ïf | \ nä-ˈēf How to pronounce naïf (audio) \
variants: or naif

Definition of naïf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a naive person

naïf

adjective
variants: or naif

Definition of naïf (Entry 2 of 2)

: naive

Examples of naïf in a Sentence

Adjective the senator, newly elected and still naïf, will learn soon enough how Washington really works
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Rose Nylund, the benevolent and good-hearted naif from St. Olaf, Minn., White could generally be counted on to provide the show’s heart. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 Chaplin the promethean filmmaker was also his own worst enemy, a comedic and business genius, a political naif, even a poseur in certain ways, but also a man who could never escape either his childhood or his attraction to childlike women. John Anderson, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 But Murphy doesn’t quite know what to do with a naif like Monica (cf. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 Christie was a naif who weathered being publicly dumped by her first husband, losing both parents suddenly, seeing the horrors of World War I as a nurse and enduring a mental illness that led to an extended disappearance. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Christie was a naif who weathered being publicly dumped by her first husband, losing both parents suddenly, seeing the horrors of World War I as a nurse and enduring a mental illness that led to an extended disappearance. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Christie was a naif who weathered being publicly dumped by her first husband, losing both parents suddenly, seeing the horrors of World War I as a nurse and enduring a mental illness that led to an extended disappearance. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Christie was a naif who weathered being publicly dumped by her first husband, losing both parents suddenly, seeing the horrors of World War I as a nurse and enduring a mental illness that led to an extended disappearance. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Christie was a naif who weathered being publicly dumped by her first husband, losing both parents suddenly, seeing the horrors of World War I as a nurse and enduring a mental illness that led to an extended disappearance. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of naïf

Noun

1891, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for naïf

Adjective

French

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The first known use of naïf was circa 1598

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2022

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“Naïf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/na%C3%AFf. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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