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[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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Examples from the web for gullible
  • It's a pity some are too gullible to see it.
  • You guys are either being gullible or disingenuous.
  • And purse dealers take advantage of the gullible.
  • Diehl described his daughter as intelligent but gullible.
  • To the gullible, you've just made your opponent look like a nut and you a reasonable person.
  • Fortunately, the readers here aren't so gullible.
  • And people are just so gullible.
  • Stanfield said the gullible fellow actually believed him.
  • One of this book's many contentions is that we are gullible enough to think that any scientific-sounding data we read is true.
  • Sorry to have contributed to the hype, I can be rather gullible and quick to be alarmed.
British Dictionary definitions for gullible


easily taken in or tricked
Derived Forms
gullibility, noun
gullibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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