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English adjective: simple

1. simple having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

SamplesA simple problem.
Simple mechanisms.
A simple design.
A simple substance.

Similarsimplex, simplistic, unanalyzable, uncomplicated, undecomposable, unsophisticated

See alsoeasy, plain, simple, unsubdivided

Attributecomplexity, complexness


2. simple easy and not involved or complicated

SamplesAn elementary problem in statistics.
Elementary, my dear Watson.
A simple game.
Found an uncomplicated solution to the problem.

Synonymselementary, uncomplicated, unproblematic


Antonymsdifficult, hard

3. simple apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

SamplesOnly the bare facts.
Shocked by the mere idea.
The simple passage of time was enough.
The simple truth.

Synonymsbare, mere



4. simple exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

SamplesChildlike trust.
Dewy-eyed innocence.
Listened in round-eyed wonder.

Synonymschildlike, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, wide-eyed

Similarnaif, naive


5. simple lacking mental capacity and subtlety

Synonymsdim-witted, simple-minded



6. simple (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions


Similaracerate, acerose, acicular, acuminate, apiculate, arrow-shaped, bladelike, caudate, cordate, cordiform, cuneate, deltoid, dolabrate, dolabriform, elliptic, elongate, ensiform, fiddle-shaped, five-needled, four-needled, hastate, heart-shaped, kidney-shaped, lancelike, lanceolate, linear, lyrate, needle-shaped, needled, oblanceolate, oblong, obovate, obtuse, orbicular, orbiculate, ovate, pandurate, panduriform, peltate, perfoliate, reniform, sagittate, sagittiform, shield-shaped, spatula-shaped, spatulate, spearhead-shaped, sword-shaped, swordlike, three-needled, two-needled, unlobed, wedge-shaped

See alsosimple, smooth

Domain categorybotany, phytology


7. simple unornamented

SamplesA simple country schoolhouse.
Her black dress--simple to austerity.



English noun: simple

1. simple (plant) any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

Broader (hypernym)herb, herbaceous plant

Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

2. simple (person) a person lacking intelligence or common sense


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)airhead, boob, booby, changeling, cretin, dimwit, dingbat, dolt, doofus, dope, dullard, dumbbell, dummy, fool, forgetful person, half-wit, half-wit, idiot, idiot savant, imbecile, lame, moron, muggins, nebbech, nebbish, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, pillock, pinhead, poop, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, retard, sap, saphead, scatterbrain, schlemiel, schlep, schlepper, schnook, sheep, shlemiel, shlep, shlepper, shnook, space cadet, square, stupe, stupid, stupid person, subnormal, tomfool, twerp, twirp, twit

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