Learn English – A word for a worldly wise person who pretends to be naïve


What is a word for someone who is experienced and wise, but who deliberately acts naïve?

I don’t intend it for sarcastic use; I’m trying to describe someone succeeding in making people think that that person truly is naïve.

Is there a word for this?

Best Answer

I’d probably go for disingenuous: “Assuming a pose of naïveté to make a point or for deception.”

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