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guileless

[gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/
adjective
1.
free from guile; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; guile + -less
Related forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
Synonyms
artless, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated.
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  • guileless and utterly soothing, these drinks are a snap to make whenever you want an instant fix of childhood memories.
  • He has a poker player's face, open and guileless and opaque.
  • Coronations and empires have lost their last allure, and mankind is not often drawn together in such guileless rejoicing.
  • The country-pop singer-songwriter has always been guileless, both in her music and public life.
  • He is too guileless a buff to be a snob, but he isn't undiscerning.
  • It's by turns optimistic and cynical, guileless and greedy.
  • The film's guileless, heartfelt style veers at times perilously close to corny, but the superb cast dares you to mock.
  • But they all seemed rather guileless to me, with answers too clumsy to have been rehearsed well.
  • Bobby is a guileless thief and a natural-born storyteller-he's pre-con the way other kids are pre-med.
  • Jacobs-a sweet and guileless performer-is quite delightful.
British Dictionary definitions for guileless

guileless

/ˈɡaɪllɪs/
adjective
1.
free from guile; ingenuous
Derived Forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guileless
adj.

1727, from guile + -less. Related: Guilelessly; guilelessness.

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