faux-naïf

[ foh-nah-eef ]
/ ˈfoʊ nɑˈif /

adjective

marked by a pretense of simplicity or innocence; disingenuous.

noun

a person who shrewdly affects an attitude or pose of simplicity or innocence.

Nearby words

  1. fauve,
  2. fauvism,
  3. fauvist,
  4. faux,
  5. faux pas,
  6. fauxbourdon,
  7. fava bean,
  8. fave,
  9. favela,
  10. favelado

Origin of faux-naïf

From French, dating back to 1940–45; see origin at faux, naive

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British Dictionary definitions for faux-naif

faux-naïf

/ French (fonaif) /

adjective

appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticateda faux-naïf narration

noun

a person who pretends to be naïve

Word Origin for faux-naïf

French: false naïve

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