naïf

or na·if

[nah-eef]

noun

a naive or inexperienced person.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. nazimova, alla,
  2. nazir,
  3. nazirite,
  4. nazis,
  5. nazism,
  6. nb,
  7. nba,
  8. nbc,
  9. nbd,
  10. nbe

Origin of naïf

< Middle French; masculine of naïve

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British Dictionary definitions for naif

naïf

adjective, noun

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

naif

adj.

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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