plain Jane

noun Informal.

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

Origin of plain Jane

First recorded in 1910–15

Definition for plain Jane (2 of 2)


or plain-jane

[ pleyn-jeyn ]
/ ˈpleɪnˈdʒeɪn /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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