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simple

[ sim-puhl ]
/ ˈsɪm pəl /
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adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.

noun

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RELATED WORDS

straightforward, plain, smooth, quiet, transparent, clean, elementary, uncomplicated, pure, classic, modest, honest, natural, direct, basic, stupid, silly, snap, light, picnic

Nearby words

simoom, simp, simpatico, simper, simpering, simple, simple absence, simple algebraic extension, simple arc, simple carbohydrate, simple closed curve

Origin of simple

1175–1225; (adj.) Middle English < Old French < Late Latin simplus simple, Latin (in simpla pecunia simple fee or sum), equivalent to sim- one (see simplex) + -plus, as in duplus duple, double (see -fold); cognate with Greek háplos (see haplo-); (noun) Middle English: commoner, derivative of the adj.
SYNONYMS FOR simple
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Can be confusedsimple simplified simplistic (see confusables note at simplistic)

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10. See homely.

Confusables note

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British Dictionary definitions for simpler

simple

/ (ˈsɪmpəl) /

adjective

noun archaic

a simpleton; fool
a plant, esp a herbaceous plant, having medicinal properties
Derived Formssimpleness, noun

Word Origin for simple

C13: via Old French from Latin simplex plain
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Word Origin and History for simpler

simple


adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with simpler

simple


see pure and simple.

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