simple

Simple refers to something that's easy and uncomplicated, without too many steps to follow.

Simple comes from the Latin word for single (simplus). Simple things are often solo, like a simple dress or directions with one step. A teacher might advise you to KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). What could be bad about a word for something easy? Well, it's not that simple. It can be an insult. If you call your little brother simple when he can't tie his shoes, you mean he isn't very smart. Rude!

DEFINITIONS OF: simple

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adj having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

“a simple problem”
simple mechanisms”
“a simple design”
“a simple substance”
Synonyms
easy
posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
unsubdivided
(botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
simplex
having only one part or element
simplistic
characterized by extreme and often misleading simplicity
unanalyzable, undecomposable
representing the furthest possible extent of analysis or division into parts
uncomplicated, unsophisticated
lacking complexity
Antonyms:
complex
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
compound
composed of more than one part
analyzable, decomposable
capable of being partitioned
Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous
highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
colonial, compound
composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony
complicated
difficult to analyze or understand
composite
consisting of separate interconnected parts
compound
consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts
daedal
complex and ingenious in design or function
Gordian
extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'
interlacing, interlinking, interlocking, interwoven
linked or locked closely together as by dovetailing
intricate
having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate
labyrinthian, labyrinthine, mazy
resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity
multifactorial
involving or depending on several factors or causes (especially pertaining to a condition or disease resulting from the interaction of many genes)
multiplex
having many parts or aspects
thickening
becoming more intricate or complex
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adj apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

“the simple passage of time was enough”
“the simple truth”
Synonyms:
bare, mere
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple

adj easy and not involved or complicated

“a simple game”
Synonyms:
elementary, uncomplicated, unproblematic
easy
posing no difficulty; requiring little effort

adj unornamented

“a simple country schoolhouse”
“her black dress-- simple to austerity”
Synonyms
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple

adj exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

Synonyms:
childlike, dewy-eyed, round-eyed, wide-eyed
naif, naive
marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience

adj lacking mental capacity and subtlety

Synonyms:
dim-witted, simple-minded
retarded
relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development

adj (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions

Synonyms:
unsubdivided
acerate, acerose, acicular, needle-shaped
narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves
acuminate
(of a leaf shape) narrowing to a slender point
apiculate
(of a leaf shape) having a short sharply pointed tip
caudate
(of a leaf shape) tapering gradually into a long taillike tip
cordate, cordiform, heart-shaped
(of a leaf) shaped like a heart
cuneate, wedge-shaped
(of a leaf shape) narrowly triangular, wider at the apex and tapering toward the base
deltoid
triangular or suggesting a capital delta, with a point at the apex
dolabrate, dolabriform
having the shape of the head of an ax or cleaver
elliptic
(of a leaf shape) in the form of an ellipse
bladelike, ensiform, sword-shaped, swordlike
shaped like a sword blade
hastate, spearhead-shaped
(of a leaf shape) like a spear point, with flaring pointed lobes at the base
lancelike, lanceolate
(of a leaf shape) shaped like a lance head; narrow and tapering to a pointed apex
elongate, linear
(of a leaf shape) long and narrow
lyrate
(of a leaf shape) having curvature suggestive of a lyre
needled
of trees whose leaves are acerate
two-needled
(of conifers) having two needles
three-needled
(of conifers) having three needles
four-needled
(of conifers) having four needles
five-needled
(of conifers) having five needles
obtuse
(of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex
oblanceolate
(of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a tapering base
oblong
(of a leaf shape) having a somewhat elongated form with approximately parallel sides
obovate
(of a leaf shape) egg-shaped with the narrower end at the base
orbicular, orbiculate
circular or nearly circular
ovate
of a leaf shape; egg-shaped with the broader end at the base
fiddle-shaped, pandurate, panduriform
(of a leaf shape) having rounded ends and a contracted center
peltate, shield-shaped
(of a leaf shape) round, with the stem attached near the center of the lower surface rather than the margin (as a nasturtium leaf for example)
perfoliate
(of a leaf) having the base united around (and apparently pierced by) the stem
kidney-shaped, reniform
(of a leaf or bean shape) resembling the shape of kidney
arrow-shaped, sagittate, sagittiform
(of a leaf shape) like an arrow head without flaring base lobes
spatula-shaped, spatulate
(of a leaf shape) having a broad rounded apex and a narrow base
unlobed
without lobes
smooth
of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth
Antonyms:
compound
composed of more than one part
bilobate, bilobated, bilobed
having two lobes
binate
growing in two parts or in pairs
bipartite
divided into two portions almost to the base
bipinnate
of a leaf shape; having doubly pinnate leaflets (as ferns)
bipinnatifid
pinnatifid with the segments also pinnatifid
cleft, dissected
having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib
conjugate
(of a pinnate leaflet) having only one pair of leaflets
decompound
of a compound leaf; consisting of divisions that are themselves compound
abruptly-pinnate, even-pinnate, paripinnate
(of a leaf shape) pinnate with a pair of leaflets at the apex
incised
sharply and deeply indented
lobate, lobed
having deeply indented margins but with lobes not entirely separate from each other
imparipinnate, odd-pinnate
(a leaf shape) pinnate with a single leaflet at the apex
palm-shaped, palmate
of a leaf shape; having leaflets or lobes radiating from a common point
palmatifid
of a leaf shape; palmately cleft rather than lobed
parted
having a margin incised almost to the base so as to create distinct divisions or lobes
pedate
of a leaf shape; having radiating lobes, each deeply cleft or divided
pinnate, pinnated
(of a leaf shape) featherlike; having leaflets on each side of a common axis
pinnatifid
(of a leaf shape) cleft nearly to the midrib in broad divisions not separated into distinct leaflets
pinnatisect
(of a leaf shape) cleft nearly to the midrib in narrow divisions not separated into distinct leaflets
quinquefoliate
(of a leaf shape) having five leaflets
radiate
having rays or ray-like parts as in the flower heads of daisies
ternate
(of a leaf shape) consisting of three leaflets or sections
trifoliate, trifoliated, trifoliolate
(of a leaf shape) having three leaflets
three-lobed, trilobate, trilobated, trilobed
(of a leaf shape) divided into three lobes
tripinnate, tripinnated
(of a leaf shape) thrice pinnate
tripinnatifid
(of a leaf shape) bipinnatifid with segments pinnatifid
complex
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts
smooth
of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth
rough
of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
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n a person lacking intelligence or common sense

Synonyms:
simpleton
Examples:
Pantaloon
a buffoon in modern pantomimes; the butt of jokes
Types:
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airhead
a flighty scatterbrained simpleton
dimwit, doofus, half-wit, nitwit
a stupid incompetent person
dingbat
a silly empty-headed person
boob, booby, dope, dumbbell, dummy, pinhead
an ignorant or foolish person
fool, muggins, sap, saphead, tomfool
a person who lacks good judgment
changeling, cretin, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, retard
a person of subnormal intelligence
idiot savant
person who is mentally retarded in general but who displays remarkable aptitude in some limited field (usually involving memory)
nebbech, nebbish
(Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton
nincompoop, ninny, poop
a stupid foolish person
forgetful person, scatterbrain
a flighty and disorganized person
schlemiel, shlemiel
(Yiddish) a dolt who is a habitual bungler
schlep, schlepper, shlep, shlepper
(Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person
schnook, shnook
(Yiddish) a gullible simpleton more to be pitied than despised
sheep
a timid defenseless simpleton who is readily preyed upon
space cadet
someone who seems unable to respond appropriately to reality (as if under the influence of some narcotic drug)
lame, square
someone who doesn't understand what is going on
dolt, dullard, pillock, poor fish, pudden-head, pudding head, stupe, stupid, stupid person
a person who is not very bright
subnormal
a person of less than normal intelligence
twerp, twirp, twit
someone who is regarded as contemptible
ass
a pompous fool
berk
a stupid person who is easy to take advantage of
buffoon, clown
a rude or vulgar fool
blockhead, bonehead, dumbass, dunce, dunderhead, fuckhead, hammerhead, knucklehead, loggerhead, lunkhead, muttonhead, numskull, shithead
a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence
flibbertigibbet, foolish woman
a female fool
fucker
a stupid despised man
bozo, cuckoo, fathead, goof, goofball, goose, jackass, twat, zany
a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
klutz
(Yiddish) a clumsy dolt
meshuggeneh, meshuggener
(Yiddish) a crazy fool
mongoloid
a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
morosoph
a learned fool
putz
(Yiddish) a fool; an idiot
wally
a silly and inept person; someone who is regarded as stupid
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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