plain-Jane

or plain-jane

[pleyn-jeyn]
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adjective Informal.

simple and modest; unadorned; basic: a plain-Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery.

Origin of plain-Jane

First recorded in 1935–40

plain Jane

noun Informal.

a drab, unattractive, and generally uninteresting girl or woman.

Origin of plain Jane

First recorded in 1910–15
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plain Jane

"unattractive woman," first attested 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper