Definition of naïf in English:


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Pronunciation: /nʌɪˈiːf
, nɑːˈiːf


  • Naive or ingenuous.
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    • It is also a thing of beauty, with typography that's clever without being tricksy, saliva-inducing photography and cute little naif drawings.
    • As for the styles in which the popular works are executed, Castro has seen a move toward abstracts, while Delacroix, by contrast, has seen increased interest in figurative and naif works.
    • For example, consider a client who has shown interest in naif prints.


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  • A naive or ingenuous person.
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    • I'd rather hang out with the naifs and unsophisticates, I think, who appreciate the new and unusual, and whose bar for those things hasn't gotten to be ridiculously high.
    • It's she who, having abused that privilege to abet terrorist acts, should be under attack by the naifs who have come to her defense.
    • When investigators tracked down Tom's parents in California, producers had to rewrite the promotional copy for the show so it wouldn't make them look like such naifs.


French ( see naive).

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