adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.
- composed of only one substance or element: a simple substance.
- not mixed.
Origin of simple
Synonyms for simple
Related Words for simplestraightforward, plain, smooth, quiet, transparent, clean, elementary, uncomplicated, pure, classic, modest, honest, natural, direct, basic, stupid, silly, snap, light, picnic
Examples from the Web for simple
Contemporary Examples of simple
The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
The reason pilots would choose to use guns over a bomb or a missile is simple.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
The premise was simple: satire is devastating against tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
A big part of the reason is a simple psychological phenomenon called cognitive dissonance.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of simple
After all, it was not a simple thing to put Bill Dozier off the trail.
His program was as simple as the curriculum of a Persian youth.
Until the furies got hold of him he was a simple soul, content with simple things.Viviette
William J. Locke
I see myself a singer of simple songs, a laureate of the under-dog.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Two against three would be a simple thing, as long as he was one of the two.
- (of a fraction) containing only integers
- (of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
- (of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
- not divided into partsa simple leaf; a simple eye
- formed from only one ovarysimple fruit
Word Origin for simple
c.1200, "free from duplicity, upright, guileless; blameless, innocently harmless," also "ignorant, uneducated; unsophisticated; simple-minded, foolish," from Old French simple (12c.) "plain, decent; friendly, sweet; naive, foolish, stupid," hence "wretched, miserable," from Latin simplus, variant of simplex "simple, uncompounded," literally "onefold" (see simplex). Sense of "free from pride, humble, meek" is mid-13c. As "consisting of only one substance or ingredient" (opposite of composite or compounded) it dates from late 14c.; as "easily done" (opposite of complicated) it dates from late 15c.
From mid-14c. as "unqualified; mere; sheer;" also "clear, straightforward; easily understood." From late 14c. as "single, individual; whole." From late 14c. of clothing, etc., "modest, plain, unadorned," and of food, "plain, not sumptuous." In medicine, of fractures, etc., "lacking complications," late 14c. As a law term, "lacking additional legal stipulations, unlimited," from mid-14c.
In Middle English with wider senses than recently, e.g. "inadequate, insufficient; weak, feeble; mere; few; sad, downcast; mournful; of little value; low in price; impoverished, destitute;" of hair, "straight, not curly." As noun, "an innocent or a guileless person; a humble or modest person" (late 14c.), also "an uncompounded substance." From c.1500 as "ignorant people."
see pure and simple.