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faux-naif

faux-na·ïf
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [foh nah-eef]
    • /foʊ nɑˈif/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [foh nah-eef]
    • /foʊ nɑˈif/

Definitions of faux-naif word

  • adjective faux-naif marked by a pretense of simplicity or innocence; disingenuous. 1
  • noun faux-naif a person who shrewdly affects an attitude or pose of simplicity or innocence. 1
  • adjective faux-naif appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticated 0
  • noun faux-naif a person who pretends to be naïve 0
  • adjective faux-naif artificially or affectedly naive 0
  • adjective faux-naif of a literary or artistic style that pretends to be simple, childlike, or unsophisticated 0

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Origin of faux-naif

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
From French, dating back to 1940-45; See origin at faux, naive

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Parts of speech for Faux-naif

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

faux-naif popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 68% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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