Synonyms of simple in English:


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See UK English definition of simple

See Spanish definition of sencillo


1‘it sounds difficult I know, but it's really pretty simple’

straightforward, easy, uncomplicated, uninvolved, effortless, painless, manageable, undemanding, unexacting, elementary, child's play, plain sailing, a five-finger exercise, nothing
informal as easy as falling off a log, as easy as pie, as easy as ABC, a piece of cake, a cinch, a snip, easy-peasy, no sweat, a doddle, a pushover, money for old rope, money for jam, kids' stuff, a breeze, a doss, a cakewalk
North American informal duck soup, a snap
Australian, New Zealand informal a bludge, a snack
South African informal a piece of old tackle
British vulgar slang a piece of piss

difficult, hard, demanding, complicated

2‘the chapter on finance explains in simple language how a profit and loss account is compiled’

clear, plain, straightforward, clearly expressed, intelligible, comprehensible, uncomplicated, understandable, of one syllable, words of one syllable, lucid, coherent, unambiguous, direct, accessible, uninvolved
informal user-friendly


3‘a simple white blouse’

plain, unadorned, undecorated, unembellished, unornamented, without ornament, without ornamentation, unelaborate, unpretentious, unostentatious, unfussy, no-nonsense, basic, modest, unsophisticated, penny plain, without frills, honest, homely, homespun, everyday, workaday
stark, severe, spartan, austere, chaste, spare, bare
muted, unpatterned, patternless
classic, understated, uncluttered, clean, restrained
North American homestyle
informal no-frills

fancy, elaborate

4‘the simple fact is that stray dogs are a menace’

basic, fundamental
mere, sheer, pure, pure and simple

5‘she wondered how he would react if she told him the simple truth’

candid, frank, honest, direct, sincere, plain, absolute, unqualified, bald, stark, naked, blunt, unadorned, unvarnished, unembellished

6‘simple country people’

unpretentious, unsophisticated, ordinary, unaffected, unassuming, natural, honest-to-goodness, modest, homely, wholesome, humble, quiet, lowly, rustic
innocent, artless, guileless, childlike, naive, ingenuous, gullible, inexperienced
North American cracker-barrel
informal green

pretentious, affected

7‘simple chemical substances’

non-compound, non-complex, uncompounded, uncombined, unmixed, unblended, unalloyed, pure, basic, single, elementary, fundamental