A Word A Day : Gullible
Wednesday, 28th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : gúlleb'l
1. easily deceived or cheated
2. tending to trust and believe people, and therefore easily tricked or deceived
3. easily tricked because of being too trusting
1793 (implied in gullibility), earlier cullibility (1728), probably connected to gull, a cant term for dupe, sucker
(1594), which is of uncertain origin. It is perhaps from the bird (see gull), or from verb gull to swallow
: in either case with a sense of someone who will swallow anything thrown at him.
Another possibility is M.E. dial. gull newly hatched bird
naive, susceptible, innocent, trusting, credulous, accepting, believing, bite, born yesterday, credulous, easy, easy mark, eat up, fall for, fleeceable, foolish, go for, green, innocent, kid oneself, lap up, mark, naive, patsy, silly, simple, sucker, susceptible, swallow, swallow whole, taken in, trustful, tumble for, unskeptical, unsophisticated, unsuspecting
suspicious, untrusting, cynical, disbelieving, incredulous, skeptical, wary, discerning
• At that early age she had been gullible
and in love.
• He is so gullible
that he believes everything you tell him.
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