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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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  • And the guileless one exclaimed, "That's the first Turk I've seen in his wild state!"

  • He had liked all police constables tenderly, with a guileless trustfulness.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The others laughed at this guileless confession, and Mr. Gilroy shook his head despairingly.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • He stooped to meet the guileless face that met his without shrinking.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • After all, he could not be brutal with this guileless maiden.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Perhaps she was just as sequestered and guileless and inexperienced as that.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
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.

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