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Definitions of plain

  1. clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; " the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; " evident hostility"; " manifest disapproval"; " patent advantages"; " made his meaning plain"; " it is plain that he is no reactionary"; " in plain view"
  2. unmistakably; " the answer is obviously wrong"; " she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; " he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; " it is all patently nonsense"; " she has apparently been living here for some time"; " I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; " You are plainly wrong"; (` plain' is often used informally for ` plainly' as in" he is plain stubborn")
  3. extensive tract of level open land; " they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; " he longed for the fields of his youth"
  4. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; " My mother complains all day"; " She has a lot to kick about"
  5. lacking in physical beauty or proportion; " a homely child"; " several of the buildings were downright homely"; " a plain girl with a freckled face"
  6. a basic knitting stitch
  7. lacking stylistic embellishment; " a literal description"; " wrote good but plain prose"; " a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; " a forthright unembellished style"
  8. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; " a plain hair style"; " unembellished white walls"; " functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
  9. free from any effort to soften to disguise; " the plain and unvarnished truth"; " the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
  10. comprehensible to the general public; " written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
  11. lacking patterns especially in color
  12. not mixed with extraneous elements; " plain water"; " sheer wine"; " not an unmixed blessing"
  13. not elaborate or elaborated; simple; " plain food"; " stuck to the plain facts"; " a plain blue suit"; " a plain rectangular brick building"
  14. unmistakably (` plain' is often used informally for ` plainly'); " the answer is obviously wrong"; " she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; " he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; " it is all patently nonsense".
  15. To lament; to bewail; to complain.
  16. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.
  17. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
  18. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
  19. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.
  20. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.
  21. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common.
  22. Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank.
  23. Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.
  24. Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.
  25. Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.
  26. Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune.
  27. In a plain manner; plainly.
  28. Level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies.
  29. A field of battle.
  30. To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
  31. To make plain or manifest; to explain.
  32. Clearly.
  33. Level; flat; even; smooth; clear; evident; as, in plain sight; easily understood; as, plain talk; unlearned; unpolished; simple in manners; as, a plain man; not luxurious; as, plain living; without ornament; as, plain furniture; without beauty; homely; as, a plain face.
  34. Level land; any flat expanse.
  35. Plainly.
  36. Plainness.
  37. A more or less smooth and level area.
  38. Even: flat: level: smooth: simple: homely: artless: sincere: evident: mere: not colored or figured.
  39. Plain level land: any flat expanse: an open field.
  40. Honestly: distinctly.
  41. Level land.
  42. Level; simple; homely; clear; mere; not figured or gay.
  43. Flat; smooth; easy; readily understood.
  44. Lowly; unlearned; unadorned; unpretending; simple.
  45. Lacking personal beauty.
  46. An expanse of level land.
  47. Smooth; level: open; void of ornament; artless; simple; unaffected; undisguised; sincere; clear; easily seen or discovered; not difficult; not rich.
  48. Not obscurely; artlessly.
  49. Level land or open field.
  50. Without ornament or embellishment; homely; artless; frank; sincere; candid; easily understood; not difficult; clear; not luxurious, as in food; smooth, level, or flat.
  51. Not obscurely; distinctly.
  52. Level land; a flat expanse- extensive plains in Asia are called steppes, in Africa, deserts, in S. Amer., pampas and llanos, in N. Amer., prairies and savannahs.
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Antonyms for plain

debased, delphic, unusual, comely, reticent, fused, rich, tessellated, foggy, feckly, insincere, sneaking, funny, involved, foxy, dissembling, flamboyant, underhand, unclear, good, politic, diluted, pale, striped, well-nigh, mendacious, gingerbready, byzantine, complex, hypocritical, swank, Mingled, decked out, undefined, aesthetic, united, invisible, corrupted, delusory, Commingled, deceptive, unique, flowery, extravagant, hazy, ringed, guileful, overwrought, castled, dappled, devious, Daedal, furtive, weakened, delicate, pretended, lacy, unexpressed, lying, banded, considerate, close-mouthed, good-looking, wellborn, fake, crackle, misleading, clandestine, undercover, bleary, undetermined, partway, impure, dressed, complicated, brindle, discreet, florid, noisy, altitude, intricate, adulterate, sprigged, patterned, rhetorical, convoluted, blotched, roundabout, ornamented, designing, blotchy, manifold, diplomatic, joined, labyrinthine, scheming, indiscernible, indeterminate, damascene, reserved, grabby, mysterious, esoteric, tricky, shifty, gaseous, untruthful, virtually, stagy, cagey, Cheapened, implied, tabby, black and tan, singular, splotched, unapparent, ambiguous, lacking, mystic, fouled, attractive, involute, perplexing, hugger mugger, flecked, rare, hole-and-corner, lip, castellated, bold, courteous, compounded, marbleized, beguiling, exact, pretty, upper class, extraordinary, fustian, loud, phony, two-faced, all but, missing, brinded, chequered, slick, incomprehensible, indirect, secret, ungraspable, lentiginous, weird, thinned, lurid, puff, eminence, finespun, bonny, refined, incompletely, absent, dotted, fancy, linked, ostentatious, practically, impalpable, polluted, somewhere, enigmatical, defiled, streaky, arresting, pointillistic, gray, uncanny, fine, noncommital, flatulent, taking, heavy, labyrinthian, genteel, complicate, checked, jazzy, patrician, sketchy, likely, fuzzy, bodacious, circuitous, subtle, height, dubious, fussy, showy, jive, cunning, inexplicit, evasive, strange, cheer up, lovesome, surreptitious, dodgy, ornate, melodramatic, imperceptible, questionable, speckled, beauteous, elevation, private, confused, befouled, privy, brindled, mottled, marbled, amalgamated, feigned, decorated, unnoticeable, long-winded, implicit, restrained, silk stocking, dressy, elliptical, stripy, Chirk Up, heterogeneous, prominence, upland, gingerbreaded, oratorical, behind-the-scenes, covert, striking, luxuriant, Kenspeckle, blended, polite, blurry, misty, deceitful, about, imprecise, orotund, streaked, delusive, cloudy, mealymouthed, glittery, Doctored, conglomerate, curious, occult, intermingled, cute, phony-baloney, remarkable, recondite, Deceiving, hairsplitting, flashy, unaccustomed, sneaky, flowered, nice, marked, spotty, mixed, moire, unobtrusive, elaborate, murky, merged, spoiled, purple, rise, splashy, handsome, gassy, mealy, combined, offbeat, hammy, garish, gorgeous, inconspicuous, deep, lentiginose, quiet, churrigueresque, specked, figured, specious, inappreciable, Deluding, soiled, shady, rococo, laced, trimmed, stippled, great, tawdry, unintelligible, enigmatic, tangled, aristocratic, burled, next to, nebulous, sullied, wily, odd, grand, faint, contaminated, part, illegible, grandiloquent, uncommunicative, veined, shadowy, opaque, cheer, unclouded, partially, fair, verbose, well-favored, muzzy, nearly, counterfeit, stealthy, obscure, minute, janus-faced, overdone, stealth, abstruse, out-of-the-way, fairly, slippery, embattled, shrewd, watered, partly, pronounced, fantastic, inscrutable, tainted, sophisticated, inhibited, vermicular, composite, commanding, tactful, tacit, fallacious, appareled, left-handed, adorned, battlemented, gaudy, artificial, blear, alloyed, undecipherable, compound, artful, dark, snazzy, unreadable, lovely, vague, patched, prominent, underhanded, entangled, Cross-banded, veinlike, double-edged, vermiculate, peculiar, adulterated, backhanded, slashed, gauzy, crafty, backstairs, equivocal, emphatic, hush-hush, sneak, double, hairline, puffed, nuanced, unknowable, wordy, uncertain, drop-dead, turbid, double-faced, checkered, bedecked, indefinite, unctuous, wordless, lacelike, profound, dilute, floral, bombastic, circular, noticeable, blue-blooded, gentle, detailed, theatrical, wanting, glitzy, beautiful, arcane, stunning, fanciful, laconic, unspoken, nonexistent, prolix, noble, busy, conspicuous, venose, embroidered, seemly, gingerbread, embellished, garnished, bedizened, overdecorated, besmirched, indecipherable, conjoined, Magnific, incorporated, insensible, mound, tight-lipped, intermixed, circumlocutory, freckled, taciturn, uncustomary, flaring, spotted, indistinguishable, false, baroque, Pecksniffian, coalesced, pizzazzy, underground, pinstriped, watered-down, sightly, hump, unobvious, doubtful, more or less, goodly, civil, arrayed, fetching, dramatic, aureate, unfathomable, dim, Double dealing, erroneous, vermiculated, marbleised, sly, uncommon, clouded, nonobvious, churrigueresco, ravishing, damask, indistinct, cryptic, brilliant, exaggerated, impenetrable, eye-catching, catchy, Obfuscated, razzle-dazzle, Fuliginous, multiform, unvoiced.

Quotes of plain

  1. Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it. – Andre Agassi
  2. I had rather have a plain russet -coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle -man and is nothing else. – Oliver Cromwell
  3. Some of these kids just don't plain know how good they are: how smart and how much they have to say. You can tell them. You can shine that light on them, one human interaction at a time. – Dave Eggers
  4. It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without soup or bread in it. – M. F. K. Fisher
  5. Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do. – Katharine Hepburn
  6. That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain the happy highways where I went and cannot come again. – Alfred Edward Housman
  7. Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms. – Roy Lichtenstein
  8. I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person's life; things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one. – Penelope Lively
  9. The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain – George McGovern
  10. In New York I was always offered the hot, sexy roles. But in L. A. I was offered the plain dowdy roles. It says a lot about the difference between the coasts. – Bebe Neuwirth
  11. In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries. – Ezra Pound
  12. I might show facts as plain as day: but, since your eyes are blind, you'd say, "Where? What?" and turn away. – Christina G. Rossetti
  13. The older I get, the more I seek to use a plain prose style, concentrating more on story. – John Scott
  14. More people are troubled by what is plain in Scripture than by what is obscure. – Roy L. Smith
  15. Strip the proud nobility of their bloated estates, reduce them to a level with plain republicans, send forth to labor, and teach their children to enter the workshops or handle the plow, and you will thus humble proud traitors. – Thaddeus Stevens

Usage examples for plain

  1. The story at bottom is very plain – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) by Jacob Bryant
  2. This does not mean that a friend should always be what is called plain spoken. – Friendship by Hugh Black
  3. My duty is plain I must go with Lucy. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  4. The plain people are better off than they have ever been before. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. Now let me be sure I make myself plain – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  6. Then they'll not believe him- they'll believe you a deal sooner than him that way; but you must be plain about this, Brady, that they were talking about Ussher that night- d'ye hear? – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  7. Can't we be plain with one another? – The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
  8. But it's plain as day, man! – They Call Me Carpenter by Upton Sinclair
  9. That was plain to be seen. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  10. The plain clothes men returned almost at once. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  11. I made the point as plain as I have made it now? – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  12. It was plain that he had forgotten us. – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  13. " Mistress Margaret," she said, " I have been thinking a great deal; and it seems very plain when you talk. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  14. And in this case my duty is plain – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  15. That had been plain to her for some time. – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. That he had some bad news to report was plain to all of us. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  17. " It is plain to see that the husband wants to get rid of his wife," she said after a while. – The Privet Hedge by J. E. Buckrose
  18. One thing was plain – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  19. Then, hastening across the plain with their rich prize, they soon reached the Grecian camp, where Nestor and the other chiefs joyfully welcomed them. – The Story of Troy by Michael Clarke
  20. She had made it quite plain that on her side she wanted frankness. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason

Rhymes for plain

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