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[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/
easily deceived or cheated.
Also, gullable.
1815-25; gull2 + -ible
Related forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green. Unabridged
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Examples for gullibility
  • Someone is making a fortune on the gullibility of people.
  • And he thrived in an era of cheap credit, when greed and gullibility became far more powerful than fear and suspicion.
  • But beneath all this playacting and conceit and gullibility was a pith of seriousness.
  • Fraud victims often lack support from family and friends, who blame them or make fun of them for their gullibility.
  • She said the vote on the indoor smoking ban was a test of our gullibility as consumers.
British Dictionary definitions for gullibility


easily taken in or tricked
Derived Forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullibility
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 (n.)), or from verb gull "to swallow" (1530, from O.Fr. goule, from L. gula "throat," see gullet); 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), which is perhaps from O.N. golr "yellow," from the hue of its down.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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