A naif is a person with very little experience. When you're just starting a new job, you often feel like a naif.

You might have noticed how similar the noun naif is to the adjective naive. They share a common origin, the French word naïf, which means both "natural, unspoiled, or innocent" and also "foolish." When you describe someone using the adjective form of naif — which can be used interchangeably with naive — you are usually implying that the person is a little childlike or immature.

Definitions of naif
  1. noun
    a naive or inexperienced person
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    type of:
    inexperienced person, innocent
    a person who lacks knowledge of evil
  2. adjective
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
    synonyms: naive
    disposed to believe on little evidence
    not informed; lacking in knowledge or information
    childlike, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, simple, wide-eyed
    exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity
    showing a lack of judgment or experience
    fleeceable, green, gullible
    naive and easily deceived or tricked
    ingenuous, innocent
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
    lacking subtlety and insight
    unsophisticated, unworldly
    not wise in the ways of the world
    not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations
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    having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
    disappointed or let down; freed from enchantment
    cosmopolitan, widely distributed
    growing or occurring in many parts of the world
    having much knowledge or education
    able to read and write
    blase, worldly
    very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world
    intelligent, well-informed
    possessing sound knowledge
    polished, refined, svelte, urbane
    showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
    experienced in and wise to the ways of the world
    secular, temporal, worldly
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
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