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naïf

or na·if

[ nah-eef ]
/ nɑˈif /
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noun

a naive or inexperienced person.

adjective

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Origin of naïf

First recorded in 1575–1600 ; from Middle French; masculine of naïve

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British Dictionary definitions for naïf

naïf
/ (naɪˈiːf) /

adjective, noun

a less common word for naive
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