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or gullable

[guhl-uh-buh l] /ˈgʌl ə bəl/
easily deceived or cheated.
Origin of gullible
1815-25; gull2 + -ible
Related forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green. Unabridged
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  • The pity of it, that a magnificent and gullible British Public should be suckled like a babe on such spoonmeat and small beer!

    A Bayard From Bengal Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee
  • You see the name at every turn, and the gullible Americans bite, chew, and swallow.

  • The Oriental mind is an old, old mind, richly stored with experience and memories,—not in the least gullible and immature.

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
  • Finding them, to all seeming, gullible and loquacious, she had even ventured on the Bishop.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • This secondary type is generally a cheap sort, grafting on the gullible for five or ten dollars, or even as high as $100.

British Dictionary definitions for gullible


easily taken in or tricked
Derived Forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullible

1825, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Gullable is attested from 1818.

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