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naïf

or na·if

[nah-eef]
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noun
  1. a naive or inexperienced person.
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adjective
  1. naive.
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Origin of naïf

< Middle French; masculine of naïve
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Related Words

rube, tenderfoot, beginner, learner, colt, novice, recruit, neophyte, virgin, amateur, newcomer, hayseed, simpleton, babe, tyro, apprentice, naif, ingenue

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British Dictionary definitions for naif

naïf

adjective, noun
  1. a less common word for naive
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Word Origin and History for 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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