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naïf

[nah-eef] /nɑˈif/
noun
1.
a naive or inexperienced person.
adjective
2.
Also, naif.
Origin
< Middle French; masculine of naïve
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British Dictionary definitions for naïf

naïf

/naɪˈiːf/
adjective, noun
1.
a less common word for naive

naive

/naɪˈiːv/
adjective
1.
  1. having or expressing innocence and credulity; ingenuous
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): only the naive believed him
2.
artless or unsophisticated
3.
lacking developed powers of analysis, reasoning, or criticism: a naive argument
4.
another word for primitive (sense 5)
noun
5.
(rare) a person who is naive, esp in artistic style See primitive (sense 10)
Derived Forms
naively, naïvely, naïfly, adverb
naiveness, naïveness, naïfness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, feminine of naïf, from Old French naif native, spontaneous, from Latin nātīvusnative, from nasci to be born
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Word Origin and History for naïf

naif

adj.

1590s, from French naïf, literally "naive" (see naive). As a noun, first attested 1893, from French, where Old French naif also meant "native inhabitant; simpleton, natural fool."

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