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Word of the Week: Part 21 📖

Word: Gullible 🗣️➡😲😧😯

Have you ever heard, read, or used the word gullible? Do you know what this word means? ❓❓❓

According to Oxford Dictionary, the definition of gullible is:

“too willing to believe or accept what other people tell you and therefore easily tricked.”

As stated by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the synonyms of gullible are dewy-eyed,  easy, exploitable, naive, susceptible, trusting, unwary, wide-eyed. The antonyms of gullible are suspicious and cynical.

If you describe someone as gullible, you mean they are easily tricked because they are too trusting. This is not a good trait. 🙅🙅‍♂️

It is thought that gullible might be derived from the verb gull, meaning “to swallow.” This would be a funny coincidence as gullible describes an overly trusting person who tends to swallow the stories he hears whole. The related word, gull, can be used as a noun “don’t be such a gull!” or as a verb “you can’t gull me into believing that!”

Gullibility is a failure of social intelligence in which a person is easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action. It is closely related to credulity, which is the tendency to believe unlikely propositions that are unsupported by evidence.

If you are gullible, the joke is on you because you are easily fooled. 😅😝

So, be careful and don’t be fooled! 😊👌

You can check out some examples of sentences using the word gullible to understand the word more!

📌Stay tuned for more Word of the Week by Linguosco every Sunday!📌

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