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plain Jane

noun, Informal.
1.
a drab, unattractive, and generally uninteresting girl or woman.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15

plain-Jane

[pleyn-jeyn] /ˈpleɪnˈdʒeɪn/
adjective, Informal.
1.
simple and modest; unadorned; basic:
a plain-Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery.
Also, plain-jane.
Origin
1935-40
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Word Origin and History for plain Jane

"unattractive woman," first attested 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for plain Jane

plain Jane

adjective phrase

Unadorned; stark; no-frills:''Plain Jane'' is how one gun collector describes the look

[1912+; the earliest examples read plain Jane and no nonsense]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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