Definition of gullible in US English:

gullible

adjective

  • Easily persuaded to believe something; credulous.

    ‘an attempt to persuade a gullible public to spend their money’
    • ‘Sell both paintings to gullible collectors, while the art world looks the other way.’
    • ‘Apparently, to this day, a gullible section of society believes in the existence of these British rockers.’
    • ‘How gullible we were to swallow his promise of a proper debate.’
    • ‘But how gullible do you have to be to believe that all these cases coming together is just coincidence?’
    • ‘There are those that believe that people who visit mediums are all gullible or plainly mistaken in their memories.’
    • ‘Such a defence is offered only to hoodwink the gullible, illiterate and ignorant millions.’
    • ‘I know a few people who are new age suckers, whom I consider gullible fools because they believe anything they are told.’
    • ‘Both efforts seem like cunning attempts to fob off used goods on a gullible reading public.’
    • ‘Clothing design should not be about creating pricey and snobbish brands to be foisted on a gullible public.’
    • ‘He'd have to endure endless litanies about how naive and gullible he was to sign up for this trip.’
    • ‘Then it tried to buy its way out of it with a PR campaign, and we were foolish and gullible enough to accept that.’
    • ‘None the less, it is gullible to believe that Italians are invulnerable.’
    • ‘That is cynical, and I say to the Government that the public is not that gullible.’
    • ‘And for every hoaxer there are a thousand gullible people willing to believe.’
    • ‘But there is no evidence which shows that juries are gullible fools, easily led by a passing headline.’
    • ‘Are they seriously suggesting the Scottish public are totally gullible and can be so easily hoodwinked?’
    • ‘He is utterly charmless and few people are gullible enough to believe him.’
    • ‘After all, there are so many gullible people who believe whatever they read!’
    • ‘To have accomplished such a thing he didn't have to merely fool a gullible public.’
    • ‘The public should not be passive and gullible on this matter but come out in support of the law.’
    credulous, over-trusting, over-trustful, trustful, easily deceived, easily led, easily taken in, exploitable, dupable, deceivable, impressionable, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, unsceptical, ingenuous, naive, innocent, simple, inexperienced, unworldly, green, as green as grass, childlike, ignorant
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Origin

Early 19th century: from gull + -ible.

Pronunciation

gullible

/ˈɡələb(ə)l//ˈɡələb(ə)l/