[ UK /na‍ɪˈiːf/ ]
  1. a naive or inexperienced person
  1. marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
    this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances
    the naive assumption that things can only get better
    a teenager's naive ignorance of life
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How To Use naif In A Sentence

  • What were nothing more than the words of a teenage naif at a press conference soon turned into a media-generated pseudo-duel.
  • There was a time when naif alphabetters would have written it down the tracing of a purely deliquescent recidivist, possibly ambidextrous, snubnosed probably and presenting a strangely profound rainbowl in his (or her) occiput. Finnegans Wake
  • He is a naif artist who paints a magical world.
  • Barack Obama embraced this consensus during the campaign, only to be called a naif and an appeaser. Alan Fein: It's Not Good Luck, It's Consensus
  • When investigators tracked down Tom's parents in California, producers had to rewrite the promotional copy for the show so it wouldn't make them look like such naifs.
  • It gets tiresome to do the google work for a 'naif'. White House Attacks Hillary Campaign
  • It is also a thing of beauty, with typography that's clever without being tricksy, saliva-inducing photography and cute little naif drawings.
  • The naif became the world's most famous exponent of bohemian life and, of course, a star in Parisian gay society.
  • “‘Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit,’” he asserts, “is written in faux-naïf Hemingway sentences as they might be spoken by an illiterate person.” Raymond Carver
  • If, that is, the naif didn't know this was the same Mitch McConnell who has turned filibustering into an art form. Top Stories
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