- primary: basic training.
- of lowest rank: airman basic.
- (especially of a female) characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior: those basic girls who follow trends.
- (of things) boringly predictable or unoriginal: His lyrics are just so basic.
- basic training.
- a soldier or airman receiving basic training.
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OTHER WORDS FROM basicnon·ba·sic, adjectivequasi-basic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH basicbasic , BASIC
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Definition for basic (2 of 2)
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH BASICbasic, BASIC
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does basic mean?
Where did the term basic come from?
According to Green’s Dictionary of Slang, basic emerges as slang for someone or something as being “unexciting, unexceptional, or uneventful” in the 1970s. This is an outgrowth of the negative sense of basic as “plain and simple”
The slang especially stuck to women. In their 1984 song “Meeting in the Ladies Room,” the R&B girl group Klymaxx call a woman basic for making moves on another’s boyfriend.
The 2000s saw the rise of the term basic b*tch, or a woman who is uninteresting and mainstream in her tastes, interests, style, or personality. Comedian Lil Duval had a 2009 video about the basic b*tch. The 2011 song “Gucci Gucci” by Kreayshawn features the hook: “And we stunting like / Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada / Basic b*tches wear that shit so I don’t even bother.”
Basic has since become associated with unlikeable, predictable, and ordinary things, especially associated with young white women.
How to use the term basic
While basic can describe anyone or anything considered disagreeably mainstream, it especially insults, as noted, young white women. As basic and basic b*tch spread in popular culture, some women aren’t oblivious to their supposed basic-ness but ironically embrace it.
i’m so basic. idc pic.twitter.com/8JJZEAr1I4
— | hannah rickard | (@rickardhannah) September 8, 2018
Has anyone seen my Gucci belt? I’m thinking of being more basic than usual tonight
— allie (@alleiigh) September 8, 2018
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Example sentences from the Web for basic
If you spend much time in the woods, these basic builds will make life in the backcountry much easier.
There’s always a pivotal voter somewhere, and always a basic contestation between the principles of the left and the right.
We lead the world in innovation and technology, all for a simple, basic reason.Trump’s most popular YouTube ad is a stew of manipulated video|Glenn Kessler, Meg Kelly|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Here are some basic shortcuts that can help navigate it better.Make online classes easier with these laptop shortcuts|Sandra Gutierrez G.|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
You will be asked to provide a few basic details as well as verify your ownership.
We were barely into the appetizer when he asked a fairly basic question—where did my family live?
The training, at least as described by the U.S. military, is incredibly basic.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Nothing in it was meant to change the basic operations of the capitalist economy or to intervene aggressively in class relations.
And yet—as any private who went through basic can tell you—good weapons training means not shooting wildly 14 times.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was put in a solitary confinement completely cut off from the outside world without even enjoying basic prisoner rights.A Daughter’s Plea: Free My Father from Prison in Iran|Mitra Pourshajari, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nuclei and certain other structures in the blood are stained by the basic dyes, and are hence called basophilic.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
What we call curiosity in the ape is the basic form of the characteristic which we call attention or observation in man.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
The carbonates are occasionally partially hydrolyzed to basic carbonates.
It is thus evident, that the solvent action of ammonium hydroxide is not due to its basic functions.
With each new draft we added more to the basic information we had, rounding out the invention in ever greater detail.The Professional Approach|Charles Leonard Harness
British Dictionary definitions for basic (1 of 2)
- of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline
- (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radicalbasic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 .Pb ( OH ) 2