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[gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/
free from guile; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank.
Origin of guileless
1720-30; guile + -less
Related forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
artless, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated. Unabridged
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  • guileless and utterly soothing, these drinks are a snap to make whenever you want an instant fix of childhood memories.
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  • Coronations and empires have lost their last allure, and mankind is not often drawn together in such guileless rejoicing.
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  • 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


free from guile; ingenuous
Derived Forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guileless

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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