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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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  • "Perhaps the boys thought there wouldn't be such a crowd at the Bridal," ventured Polly, guilelessly.

    Polly and Eleanor Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • She had been his constant thought, as he was guilelessly confessing.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • He was so guilelessly in love, and had such unbounded confidence in the success of his projects!

  • She slowly raised her eyes and looked down on him guilelessly.

  • He looked at her guilelessly and said, "No; I was waiting for it."

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • So did I delude myself; so did you guilelessly assist me in the delusion.

  • After the introduction was over, aunt Celia asked him guilelessly if he had visited any other of the English cathedrals.

    A Cathedral Courtship Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Then Dodo can remain with us a bit longer, said Ruth, guilelessly.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for guilelessly


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



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

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