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 (1382)


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

Contextual Example:

• At that early age she had been gullible and in love.

• He is so gullible that he believes everything you tell him.

Related Words :

1. gullibly: Adverb

2. gullibility: Noun

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