plain Jane

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

1910–15 Unabridged


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

1935–40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

plain Jane
"unattractive woman," first attested 1912.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
The service, announced earlier this week, lets publishers add social features to all sorts of plain-jane sites.
Its plain-Jane name suits its purpose: to be the place locals go to get everyday produce grown without pesticides or chemicals.
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