adjective, plain·er, plain·est.
Origin of plain1
Synonyms for plain
Antonyms for plain
Related Words for plainertransparent, honest, simple, traditional, ordinary, conventional, dull, unvarnished, austere, stark, pure, meadow, expanse, field, prairie, steppe, grassland, plateau, patent, broad
Examples from the Web for plainer
Contemporary Examples of plainer
"One dollar," he said and threw a plainer stone with a rubber band looped around it for our payment.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
Translated into plainer English: he wants to break his opponents.Obama Gets Tough
January 16, 2013
It is plainer than ever that America is divided into two camps.Bernard-Henri Lévy: My Wish for America
December 30, 2012
Historical Examples of plainer
It almost seemed as if she might ask John to let her take the plainer way.Tiverton Tales
"He's petered out;" which addition did not make it any plainer.One Day's Courtship
Louder sounded the footsteps, plainer the voices of the redcoats.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
Plainer tartlets may be made with short, flaky, or other pastry.The Skilful Cook
A plainer way is to dry the fish, after it has been washed and cleaned, and lay it on a board before the fire, dusted with flour.
- the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls
- the player using this ball
Word Origin for plain
Word Origin for plain
c.1300, "flat, smooth," from Old French plain "flat, smooth, even" (12c.), from Latin planus "flat, even, level" (see plane (n.1)). Sense of "evident" is from, c.1300; that of "free from obstruction" is early 14c.; meaning "simple, sincere, ordinary" is recorded from late 14c., especially of dress, "unembellished, without decoration."
In reference to the dress and speech of Quakers, it is recorded from 1824; of Amish and Mennonites, from 1894 (in the Dutch regions of Pennsylvania Plain with the capital is shorthand adjective for "Amish and Old Order Mennonite"). Of appearance, as a euphemism for "ill-favored, ugly" it dates from 1749. Of envelopes from 1913. As an adverb from early 14c. Plain English is from c.1500. Plain dealer "one who deals plainly or speaks candidly" is from 1570s, marked "Now rare" in OED 2nd edition. To be as plain as the nose on (one's) face is from 1690s.
"level country," c.1300 (in reference to Salisbury Plain), from Old French plain "open countryside," from Latin planum "level ground, plain," noun use of neuter of planus (adj.) "flat, even, level" (see plane (n.1)). Latin planum was used for "level ground" but much more common was campus.
In addition to the idioms beginning with plain
- plain as day
- plain sailing
- in plain English