[ sim-plee ]
/ ˈsɪm pli /


in a simple manner; clearly and easily.
plainly; unaffectedly.
sincerely; artlessly: to speak simply as a child.
merely; only: It is simply a cold.
unwisely; foolishly: If you behave simply toward him, you're bound to be betrayed.
wholly; absolutely: simply irresistible.

Nearby words

  1. simplify,
  2. simplism,
  3. simplistic,
  4. simplon,
  5. simplon pass,
  6. simply-connected,
  7. simpson,
  8. simpson desert,
  9. simpson's rule,
  10. simpson, o. j.

Origin of simply

First recorded in 1250–1300, simply is from the Middle English word simpleliche. See simple, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for simply


/ (ˈsɪmplɪ) /


in a simple manner
merely; only
absolutely; altogether; reallya simply wonderful holiday
(sentence modifier) frankly; candidly
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Word Origin and History for simply



late 13c., simpleliche; see simple + -ly (2). Purely intensive sense is attested from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper