faux-naïf(redirected from faux naif)
faux-na·ïfalso faux-naif (fō-nä-ēf′)
Marked by a false show of innocent simplicity: "Their gee-whiz, faux-naif comportment is not always convincing" (Madison Smartt Bell).
[French : faux, false + naïf, naive.]
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appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticated: a faux-naïf narration.
a person who pretends to be naïve
[French: false naïve]
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A French word meaning false naïve, used to describe someone or something with a false appearance of unsophistication.
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