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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 naif

naïf

/naɪˈiːf/
adjective, noun
1.
a less common word for naive
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Word Origin and History for 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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