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gullible

[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/
adjective
1.
easily deceived or cheated.
Also, gullable.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; gull2 + -ible
Related forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
Synonyms
credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green.
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Examples for gullable
  • The buyers are the gullable ones wanting a house they can't afford.
  • People are pretty gullable to believe that everything that ever happens in the world is a conspiracy.
British Dictionary definitions for gullable

gullible

/ˈɡʌləbəl/
adjective
1.
easily taken in or tricked
Derived Forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullable
gullible
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.
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