gullible

[guhl-uh-buhl]
adjective
easily deceived or cheated.
Also, gullable.


Origin:
1815–25; gull2 + -ible

gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb


credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green.
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gullible (ˈɡʌləbəl)
 
adj
easily taken in or tricked
 
gulli'bility
 
n
 
'gullibly
 
adv

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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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Example sentences
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.
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