simple

[ sim-puhl ]
/ ˈsɪm pəl /

adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.

noun

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.

Related forms

Can be confused

simple simplified simplistic (see confusables note at simplistic)

Synonym study

10. See homely.

Confusables note

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British Dictionary definitions for simplest

simple

/ (ˈsɪmpəl) /

adjective

noun archaic

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

Derived Forms

simpleness, noun

Word Origin for simple

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

simple


see pure and simple.

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