adjective, plain·er, plain·est.
Origin of plain1
SYNONYMS FOR plain
Related formsplain·ly, adverbplain·ness, noun
Definition for plain (2 of 2)
verb (used without object) British Dialect.
Origin of plain2
Examples from the Web for plain
Yet, much like the fate that fell the first season, ratings just plain weren't good.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thanks to the Atlanta case, they can now see another in plain sight.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because holy hell was that bland, unfunny, uncomfortable, and just plain confusing.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is already well known that there are oilrigs disguised in plain sight all over the city.
The results of that rash decision, the most dire of which has been the rise of ISIS, are now plain for us to see.‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It|James Kirchick|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Crossing the river Lykus into the plain, Mithridates offered the Romans battle.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II|Aubrey Stewart & George Long
It was a plain, comfortable place, wainscoted about, with shelves and lockers in the whimsical copy of a vessel's cabin.
In the centre of this plain was another large koppie of which the river Ukufa, or Death, washed one side.Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales|Henry Rider Haggard
As usual the ride over the plain is very tedious and tiring to the limbs—a hilly country in moderation is much more comfortable.Byeways in Palestine|James Finn
She thought it was because she was so plain and awkward—and in part it was.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922|Lucy Maud Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for plain (1 of 2)
- the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls
- the player using this ball
Derived Formsplainly, adverbplainness, noun
Word Origin for plain
British Dictionary definitions for plain (2 of 2)
Word Origin for plain
Science definitions for plain
Idioms and Phrases with plain
In addition to the idioms beginning with plain
- plain as day
- plain sailing
- in plain English