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

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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 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 That drew a memorable riposte from Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, who slyly suggested that the former vice president, with his long Senate experience, was no naif about Netanyahu’s ability to dissemble. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 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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“Naïf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/na%C3%AFf. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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