adjective, plain·er, plain·est.
- plaid cymru,
- plain as day,
- plain bearing,
- plain chocolate,
- plain clothes,
- plain dealing
Origin of plain1
Examples from the Web for plainly
The results, as you can plainly see, are as trippy as they are webby.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence|Bill Schulz|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So plainly faceless malignity was much on his mind when he wrote this book.
What I think should happen is you should go to jail when you commit assault, which we can plainly see he did.Bill Maher: 'Sorry J. Law, We're Going to Have to Look at Your Nipples…'|Marlow Stern|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this time I can plainly hear, through the rush of words, the faint rattle of hysteria that bespeaks a screw loose somewhere.
And even if that was true, it wouldn't vindicate a disparity that plainly affected her and presumably other women at the paper.The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson|Robert Shrum|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was well known what the French wished, and it was time to declare it plainly.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Betwixt the cold sun and the hard earth, a dust-befogged wind, plainly borrowed from March, was sweeping the street.Mary Marston|George MacDonald
It said as plainly as possible, however great the danger he saw before him, it must be chanced for the greater danger behind.The Law-Breakers|Ridgwell Cullum
He had plainly come many miles from somewhere across the vast horizon, as the dust upon him showed.The Virginian|Owen Wister
I am now ready to go on with the second part of my story as shortly and plainly as possible, by word of mouth.A House to Let|Charles Dickens
- 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