HyperDic: plain

English > 11 senses of the word plain:
NOUNobjectplain, field, champaignextensive tract of level open land
artifactplain, knit, knit stitch, plain stitcha basic knitting stitch
ADJECTIVEallplain, apparent, evident, manifest, palpable, patent, unmistakableclearly / clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
allplainnot elaborate or elaborated
allplain, unpatternedlacking patterns especially in color
allplain, sheer, unmingled, unmixednot mixed with extraneous elements
allplain, unvarnishedfree from any effort to soften to disguise
allplain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamentedlacking embellishment or ornamentation
allplain, homelylacking in physical beauty or proportion
ADVERBallplain, obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainlyunmistakably ('plain' is often used informally for 'plainly')
VERBcommunicationplain, complain, kick, sound off, quetch, kvetchexpress complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
plain > pronunciation
Soundspley'n
Rhymesabstain ... windowpane: 127 rhymes with eyn...
English > plain: 11 senses > adjective 1
Meaningclearly / clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment.
Examples
  • "made his meaning plain"
  • "it is plain that he is no reactionary"
  • "in plain view"
Synonymsapparent, evident, manifest, palpable, patent, unmistakable
Broaderobviouseasily perceived / perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind
Spanishclaro, evidente, inconfundible, manifiesto, obvia, obvio, patente, sencillo
Catalanclar, evident, manifest, obvi, palès, patent
Nounsplainnessclarity as a consequence of being perspicuous
Adverbsplainlyunmistakably ('plain' is often used informally for 'plainly')
English > plain: 11 senses > adjective 2
Meaningnot elaborate or elaborated; simple.
Examples
  • "plain food"
  • "stuck to the plain facts"
  • "a plain blue suit"
  • "a plain rectangular brick building"
Narroweraustere, severe, stark, sternseverely simple
bare, mere, simpleapart from anything else
chastepure and simple in design or style
dry(of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
dryHaving no adornment or coloration
featurelesslacking distinguishing characteristics or features
homelyplain and unpretentious
inelaborate, unelaboratenot elaborate
literalAvoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
simpleunornamented
tailored, trimseverely simple in line or design
vanillaplain and without any extras or adornments
See alsosimpleHaving few parts
unadorned, undecoratednot decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction
unpretentiouslacking pretension or affectation
unrhetoricalnot rhetorical
Oppositefancynot plain
Spanishescueto, liso y llano, sencillo, simple, sin adornos
English > plain: 11 senses > adjective 3
Meaninglacking patterns especially in color.
Synonymunpatterned
Narrowersolid-colored, solid-colouredHaving the same color / color all over
OppositepatternedHaving patterns (especially colorful patterns)
Spanishliso
English > plain: 11 senses > adjective 4
Meaningnot mixed with extraneous elements.
Example"plain water"
Synonymssheer, unmingled, unmixed
BroaderpureFree of extraneous elements of any kind
Nounsplainnessthe state of being unmixed with other material
English > plain: 11 senses > adjective 5
MeaningFree from any effort to soften to disguise.
Example"the plain and unvarnished truth"
Synonymunvarnished
BroaderdirectStraightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
Spanishsencillo
English > plain: 11 senses > adjective 6
Meaninglacking embellishment or ornamentation.
Example"a plain hair style"
Synonymsbare, spare, unembellished, unornamented
Broaderunadorned, undecoratednot decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction
Spanishnatural, sencillo
Catalannatural, senzill
Nounsplainnessthe appearance of being plain and unpretentious
English > plain: 11 senses > adjective 7
Meaninglacking in physical beauty or proportion.
Example "a plain girl with a freckled face"
Synonymhomely
Broaderunattractivelacking beauty or charm
Spanishfeo, feúcho
Catalanlleig
Nounsplainnessan appearance that is not attractive or beautiful
English > plain: 11 senses > noun 1, object
Meaningextensive tract of level open land.
Example"they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"
Synonymsfield, champaign
InstancesNullarbor PlainA vast arid plain of southern Australia stretching inland from the Great Australian Bight
OlympiaA plain in Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese
Serengeti, Serengeti PlainA vast plain in Tanzania to the west of the Great Rift Valley known for its wildlife
NarrowerflatA level tract of land
floodplain, flood plainA low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
llanoAn extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)
moor, moorlandopen land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss
peneplain, peneplaneA more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage / stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements
snowfieldA permanent wide expanse of snow
steppeextensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia)
tundraA vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen
Broaderland, dry land, earth, ground, solid ground, terra firmaThe solid part of the earth's surface
Spanishcampaña, campo, llano, llanura, llanuras, planada, plana, planicie
Catalancampanya, camp, planada, plana, planícia, planura
English > plain: 11 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningA basic knitting stitch.
Synonymsknit, knit stitch, plain stitch
Broaderknitting stitchA stitch taken in knitting
English > plain: 11 senses > adverb 1
Meaningunmistakably ('plain' is often used informally for 'plainly').
Examples
  • "You are plainly wrong"
  • "he is plain stubborn"
Synonymsobviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishaparentemente, claramente, claro, evidentemente, manifiestamente, obviamente, patentemente
Catalanevidentment, manifestament, òbviament
English > plain: 11 senses > verb 1, communication
MeaningExpress complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example"My mother complains all day"
Synonymscomplain, kick, sound off, quetch, kvetch
Narrowerbackbite, bitchsay mean things
bleattalk / talk whiningly
deplore, lament, bewail, bemoanregret strongly
gripe, bitch, grouse, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, hollercomplain
grouch, grumble, scoldshow one's unhappiness or critical attitude
murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarlmake complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
nag, peck, hen-peckbother persistently with trivial complaints
protestUtter words / words of protest
rail, inveighcomplain bitterly
repineExpress discontent
reportcomplain about
whine, grizzle, yammer, yawpcomplain whiningly
Oppositecheer, cheer up, chirk upBecome cheerful
Spanishlamentarse, lamentar, protestar, quejarse
Catalanlamentar-se, lamentar, queixar-se

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