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plain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word plain

(noun) extensive tract of level open land
Synonyms : champaign , field
Example Sentence
  • they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
  • he longed for the fields of his youth

(noun) a basic knitting stitch
Synonyms : knit , knit stitch , plain stitch

(verb) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
Synonyms : complain , kick , kvetch , quetch , sound off
Example Sentence
  • My mother complains all day
  • She has a lot to kick about

(adj) clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
Example Sentence
  • the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields
  • evident hostility
  • manifest disapproval
  • patent advantages
  • made his meaning plain
  • it is plain that he is no reactionary
  • in plain view

(adj) not elaborate or elaborated; simple
Example Sentence
  • plain food
  • stuck to the plain facts
  • a plain blue suit
  • a plain rectangular brick building

(adj) lacking patterns especially in color
Synonyms : unpatterned

(adj) not mixed with extraneous elements
Synonyms : sheer , unmingled , unmixed
Example Sentence
  • plain water
  • sheer wine
  • not an unmixed blessing

(adj) free from any effort to soften to disguise
Synonyms : unvarnished
Example Sentence
  • the plain and unvarnished truth
  • the unvarnished candor of old people and children

(adj) lacking embellishment or ornamentation
Example Sentence
  • a plain hair style
  • unembellished white walls
  • functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete

(adj) lacking in physical beauty or proportion
Synonyms : homely
Example Sentence
  • a homely child
  • several of the buildings were downright homely
  • a plain girl with a freckled face

(adv) unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
Example Sentence
  • the answer is obviously wrong
  • she was in bed and evidently in great pain
  • he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list
  • it is all patently nonsense
  • she has apparently been living here for some time
  • I thought he owned the property, but apparently not
  • You are plainly wrong
  • he is plain stubborn

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