TEM4 IELTS GRE
来自词根gull, 吞食，词源同glut, gullet. 引申义易上当的。
- gullible:  Gullible is a derivative of the now archaic gull ‘dupe’, itself a verbal use of the noun gull ‘gullible person, simpleton’. This appears to have been a figurative extension of an earlier gull ‘newly hatched bird’ , which survived dialectally into the late 19th century, and was itself perhaps a noun use of the obsolete adjective gull ‘yellow’ (borrowed from Old Norse gulr and still extant in Swedish and Danish gul ‘yellow’). Some etymologists, however, derive the noun gull ‘simpleton’ from an obsolete verb gull ‘swallow’ , which goes back ultimately to Old French gole, goule ‘throat’ (source of English gullet).
- gullible (adj.)
- 1821, apparently a back-formation from gullibility. Spelling gullable is attested from 1818.
- 1. The swindlers had roped into a number of gullible persons.
- 2. He's so gullible he'll believe anything.
- 3. What point is there in admitting that the stories fed to the gullible public were false?
- 4. I'm so gullible I would have believed him.
- 5. The winders had roped in a number of gullible persons.
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