naive etymology

English word naive comes from Proto-Indo-European *ǵn̥h₁tós (Begotten, produced.), Proto-Italic *gnāskōr (Be born.), Latin -ivus (Adjective suffix.), German nativ (Native.)

Detailed word origin of naive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ǵn̥h₁tós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Begotten, produced.
*gnāskōr Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Be born.
-ivus Latin (lat) Adjective suffix.
nativ German (deu) Native.
*gnātos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
gnascor Latin (lat)
natus Latin (lat) Son (of plants) growth, growing. Son, birth, age, years.
nativus Latin (lat) (grammar, of words) original, primitive, primary. Created, made. Inborn, innate, imparted by birth. Natural, native, made by nature and not artificial.
natif French (fra) Native (characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin). Original. Raw; in its original state.
naïve French (fra)
naive English (eng) (computing) Intuitive; designed to follow the way ordinary people approach a problem.. (of art) Produced in a simple, childlike style, deliberately rejecting sophisticated techniques.. Lacking worldly experience, wisdom, or judgement; unsophisticated; against better judgement.

Words with the same origin as naive

Descendants of *ǵn̥h₁tós
international nada nat nation national nationality nationwide native natural naturally nazi noel supernatural unnatural
Descendants of *gnāskōr
Descendants of -ivus
abusive activate active affirmative aggressive attractive captive competitive effective exclusive explosive extensive fugitive impulsive massive negative objective productive progressive protective radioactive relative sedative