plain Jane

plain Jane

noun Informal.
a drab, unattractive, and generally uninteresting girl or woman.

Origin:
1910–15

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plain-Jane

[pleyn-jeyn]
adjective Informal.
simple and modest; unadorned; basic: a plain-Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery.
Also, plain-jane.


Origin:
1935–40

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plain Jane
"unattractive woman," first attested 1912.
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