or na·if



a naive or inexperienced person.


Origin of naïf

< Middle French; masculine of naïve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective, noun

a less common word for naive
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Word Origin and History for naif

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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