- a naive or inexperienced person.
Origin of naïf
Related Wordsrube, tenderfoot, beginner, learner, colt, novice, recruit, neophyte, virgin, amateur, newcomer, hayseed, simpleton, babe, tyro, apprentice, naif, ingenue
Examples from the Web for naif
For three and a half decades, Naif oversaw the ministry of the interior, which brutally repressed liberals and dissidents.Saudi Arabia’s Feminist Revolution Has Begun
April 7, 2013
Saudi newspapers demanded an investigation, but it was Naif who ordered an end to all editorials on the subject.
The ascent of Naif spells the death of reform and human rights in Saudi Arabia.
In 2009, The Economist asked of Naif “Could a tough interior minister be a reforming king?”
Not Naif: He personally threatened to “cut off the tongues” of any Saudi reformist.
I was laboriously 'graceful;' and sported my 'naif sensibility' till it was any thing but naif.Discipline
Strange enough, and I confess it with naif delight, I did not feel at all afraid.Paris under the Commune
Being a lump of simplicity, his sceptism was as naif as his enthusiasm.The Cloister and the Hearth
Their naif delight at the varied skill of the riders was most charming to witness.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.
Of course you should really go to the theological seminary and establish this naif intuitive mysticism upon a disciplined basis.Where the Blue Begins
- a less common word for naive
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."