or gul·la·ble



easily deceived or cheated.

Origin of gullible

First recorded in 1815–25; gull2 + -ible
Related formsgul·li·bil·i·ty, noungul·li·bly, adverb

Synonyms for gullible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gullibly

Historical Examples of gullibly

  • It is amazing how gullibly the public bites at the press-agent's worm.

  • There are but few Briggleses left to prey on the gullibly charitable to-day, and thank God for that.

    The Jack-Knife Man

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • And the curious people laughed and were discussing how foolishly and gullibly the common people were spreading such empty rumours.


    Herman Hesse

British Dictionary definitions for gullibly



easily taken in or tricked
Derived Formsgullibility, noungullibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gullibly



1825, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Gullable is attested from 1818.

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