Synonyms for plain


1. plain, field, champaign, land, dry land, earth, ground, solid ground, terra firma
usage: extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
2. knit, knit stitch, plain, plain stitch, knitting stitch
usage: a basic knitting stitch


1. complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch
usage: express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"


1. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, obvious (vs. unobvious)
usage: 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. plain (vs. fancy), austere, severe, stark, bare(prenominal), mere(prenominal), simple(prenominal), dry, dry, featureless, homely, inelaborate, unelaborate, literal, pure and simple, tailored, trim, chaste, simple, simple, unadorned#1, undecorated, unrhetorical, unpretentious
usage: not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
3. plain (vs. patterned), unpatterned, solid, self-colored, self-coloured
usage: lacking patterns especially in color
4. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed, pure (vs. impure)
usage: not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
5. plain, unvarnished, direct (vs. indirect)
usage: free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
6. plain, unembellished, unornamented, unadorned (vs. adorned), undecorated
usage: lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
7. literal, plain, unembellished, unrhetorical (vs. rhetorical)
usage: lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style"
8. plain, popular, general (vs. specific)
usage: comprehensible to the general public; "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
9. homely, plain, unattractive (vs. attractive)
usage: lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"


1. obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly, plain
usage: 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"; "she has apparently been living here for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain stubborn"
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