simple

[ sim-puhl ]
/ ˈsɪm pəl /

adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.

noun

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Origin of simple

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English adjective simple, simpel(le), from Old French simple, sinple, from Latin simplus “simple” (in simpla pecunia “simple fee or sum”), equivalent to sim- “one” + -plus, as in duplus “double”; Middle English noun “commoner,” derivative of the adjective; see simplex,duple, double; see also -fold; cognate with Greek háplos (see haplo-);

synonym study for simple

10. See homely.

words often confused with simple

OTHER WORDS FROM simple

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH simple

simple , simplified, simplistic
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British Dictionary definitions for simple

simple
/ (ˈsɪmpəl) /

adjective

noun archaic

a simpleton; fool
a plant, esp a herbaceous plant, having medicinal properties

Derived forms of simple

simpleness, noun

Word Origin for simple

C13: via Old French from Latin simplex plain
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Idioms and Phrases with simple

simple

see pure and simple.

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