[ gahyl-lis ]
See synonyms for: guilelessguilelesslyguilelessness on

  1. free from deception or slyness; sincere and straightforward: No matter the situation, she was always transparent, guileless, and above any petty manipulative ploys.

  2. lacking awareness of the world and worldly things; innocent or naive: He agreed to this crafty proposal, being guileless, and soon found himself betrayed and in trouble.

Origin of guileless

First recorded in 1720–30; guile + -less

Other words for guileless

Other words from guileless

  • guile·less·ly, adverb
  • guile·less·ness, noun

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How to use guileless in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for guileless


/ (ˈɡaɪllɪs) /

  1. free from guile; ingenuous

Derived forms of guileless

  • guilelessly, adverb
  • guilelessness, noun

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