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[gahyl-lis] /ˈgaɪl lɪs/
free from guile; sincere; honest; straightforward; frank.
Origin of guileless
First recorded in 1720-30; guile + -less
Related forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
artless, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated. Unabridged
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  • And the guileless one exclaimed, "That's the first Turk I've seen in his wild state!"

  • I asked, hardly able to keep from laughing in the face of the guileless Floridian.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The others laughed at this guileless confession, and Mr. Gilroy shook his head despairingly.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • For Sylvane, most honest and guileless of men, had got into the clutches of the law.

  • After all, he could not be brutal with this guileless maiden.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Erect and naked all, and guileless, Bodies and breasts and earth and skies!

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
British Dictionary definitions for guileless


free from guile; ingenuous
Derived Forms
guilelessly, adverb
guilelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for guileless

1727, from guile + -less. Related: Guilelessly; guilelessness.

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