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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sim-puh l]
    • /ˈsɪm pəl/
    • /ˈsɪm.pl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sim-puh l]
    • /ˈsɪm pəl/

Definitions of simplest word

  • adjective simplest easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools. 1
  • adjective simplest not elaborate or artificial; plain: a simple style. 1
  • adjective simplest not ornate or luxurious; unadorned: a simple gown. 1
  • adjective simplest unaffected; unassuming; modest: a simple manner. 1
  • adjective simplest not complicated: a simple design. 1
  • adjective simplest not complex or compound; single. 1

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Origin of simplest

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; (adj.) Middle English < Old French < Late Latin simplus simple, Latin (in simpla pecunia simple fee or sum), equivalent to sim- one (see simplex) + -plus, as in duplus duple, double (see -fold); cognate with Greek háplos (see haplo-); (noun) Middle English: commoner, derivative of the adj.

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Parts of speech for Simplest


simplest popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for simplest

adj simplest

  • foundational — the basis or groundwork of anything: the moral foundation of both society and religion.
  • larval — of, relating to, or in the form of a larva.

adjective simplest

  • elementary — Of or relating to the most rudimentary aspects of a subject.

Top questions with simplest

  • what is simplest form?

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