Definition of gullible in English:

gullible

Line breaks: gul|lible
Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌlɪb(ə)l
 
/

adjective

Easily persuaded to believe something; credulous: an attempt to persuade a gullible public to spend their money
More example sentences
  • After all, there are so many gullible people who believe whatever they read!
  • Apparently, to this day, a gullible section of society believes in the existence of these British rockers.
  • But there is no evidence which shows that juries are gullible fools, easily led by a passing headline.
Synonyms
credulous, over-trusting, over-trustful, trustful, easily deceived/led, easily taken in, exploitable, dupable, deceivable, impressionable, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, unsceptical, ingenuous, naive, innocent, simple, inexperienced, unworldly, green, as green as grass, childlike, ignorant; foolish, silly
informal wet behind the ears, born yesterday

Origin

early 19th century: from gull2 + -ible.

Derivatives

gullibility

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • It is a deeply dishonest book that takes advantage of the ignorance, gullibility, and derangement of its target audience.
  • Our ignorance and gullibility led us to this university.
  • Too much fun still derives from characters' gullibility or stupidity, but the young author is trying to lift himself from farce into comedy.

gullibly

adverb
More example sentences
  • I bit on that one and gullibly asked who was the first greatest.
  • This has always been moonshine, put forward by the drinks industry and gullibly accepted by successive governments.
  • You gullibly fell for the myth of liberation for all by a machine that will end up paralysing and poisoning all of us whether we use it or not.

gullibleness

noun

Definition of gullible in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day flippant
Pronunciation: ˈflipənt
adjective
not showing a serious or respectful attitude