or sim·ple-mind·ed

[sim-puhl-mahyn-did, -mahyn-]


free of deceit or guile; artless or unsophisticated.
lacking in mental acuteness or sense.
mentally deficient.

Origin of simpleminded

First recorded in 1735–45; simple + minded
Related formssim·ple·mind·ed·ly, adverbsim·ple·mind·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for simpleminded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for simple-minded

Contemporary Examples of simple-minded

Historical Examples of simple-minded

  • Instead, with simple-minded directness he seemed to be studying on the matter.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • He recalled them with simple-minded compunction at that distance of time.


    Joseph Conrad

  • You are only a footpad, a simple-minded marquis of the bludgeon.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • As they went past, the doctor said to himself: "Blessed are the simple-minded!"

  • They have a simple-minded simplicity that anyone can understand.

    The K-Factor

    Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)

British Dictionary definitions for simple-minded



stupid; foolish; feeble-minded
unsophisticated; artless
Derived Formssimple-mindedly, adverbsimple-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for simple-minded

1744, from simple (adj.) + minded. Related: Simple-mindedly; simple-mindedness.

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