Definition of guileless in US English:



  • Devoid of guile; innocent and without deception.

    ‘his face, once so open and guileless’
    • ‘She has a frank and guileless style of writing, letting the incredible subject matter remain the focus, rather than any shabby poetic frills.’
    • ‘The country folk in the train spoke a language I was unfamiliar with, but their open, guileless speech and laughter was more beautiful to me than any hymn.’
    • ‘His smile was perfectly innocent and guileless.’
    • ‘It was the innocent, guileless laugh that normally only the young could make.’
    • ‘It's a candid, troubled, guileless record that obviously throws its own maker for a loop.’
    • ‘Jonathon was completely open and guileless, much to his own discomfort.’
    • ‘Like the invitation to run together, he blurted out such things as if he were completely unaware of how they might be interpreted, with a guileless innocence that couldn't help but put me at ease.’
    • ‘Indeed, he seems so sincere and guileless he could make ally unsuspecting bloke fall under his sweet spell.’
    • ‘Sometimes I dream of having a leader who has simple wisdom and the ordinary values of plain-speaking honesty and guileless good will.’
    • ‘The piece mourned a guileless innocence Linke fears modern society has lost.’
    • ‘In his brief life M.R. was a successful family and businessman and the last time I saw him, he was still as friendly, open, and guileless as he'd been the morning I met his pigs.’
    • ‘There was an innocence about those days - something wanton yet guileless.’
    • ‘It seemed like a heavy responsibility to place upon an innocent, guileless ukulele.’
    • ‘That the Third World was born guileless and innocent only to be brutalised by the West is a popular slogan in many parts of the world.’
    • ‘He is guileless, so sincere that he's practically transparent, and what you see is what you get - intelligence, decency, exasperation, bewilderment, and pain.’
    • ‘Frank is a guileless creature whose actions almost certainly result in some degree of catastrophe, but if he is working towards a purpose - either good or bad - it is beyond my abilities to discover what that purpose may be.’
    • ‘Breathtaking in their simple beauty, guileless in their natural expressiveness, these early pieces have few of the bizarre exaggerations of character reflected in her subsequent work.’
    • ‘It has great sincerity, and the script is very honest, guileless.’
    • ‘And Elizabeth is about the most innocent, guileless, angelic little girl you've ever met.’
    • ‘He is open and guileless; physically close to Jonathan, sexually attracted to Clare and yet oblivious to the damaging impact he might have on them.’
    artless, ingenuous, open, honest, sincere, genuine, naive, natural, simple, childlike, innocent, unsophisticated, unworldly, unsuspicious, trustful, trusting
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