(Sim"per), n. A constrained, self- conscious smile; an affected, silly smile; a smirk.

The conscious simper, and the jealous leer.

(Sim"per*er) n. One who simpers. Sir W. Scott.

A simperer that a court affords.
T. Nevile.

(Sim"per*ing), a. &. n. from Simper, v.

(Sim"per*ing*ly), adv. In a simpering manner.

(Sim"ple) a. [Compar. Simpler ; superl. Simplest.] [F., fr. L. simplus, or simplex, gen. simplicis. The first part of the Latin words is probably akin to E. same, and the sense, one, one and the same; cf. L. semel once, singuli one to each, single. Cg. Single, a., Same, a., and for the last part of the word cf. Double, Complex.]

1. Single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks.

2. Plain; unadorned; as, simple dress. "Simple truth." Spenser. "His simple story." Burns.

3. Mere; not other than; being only.

A medicine . . . whose simple touch
Is powerful to araise King Pepin.

4. Not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true.

Full many fine men go upon my score, as simple as I stand here, and I trust them.

Must thou trust Tradition's simple tongue?

To be simple is to be great.

5. Artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward.

In simple manners all the secret lies.

6. Direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language.

7. Weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly. "You have simple wits." Shak.

The simple believeth every word; but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Prov. xiv. 15.

8. Not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living.

Thy simple fare and all thy plain delights.

9. Humble; lowly; undistinguished.

A simple husbandman in garments gray.

Clergy and laity, male and female, gentle and simple made the fuel of the same fire.

10. (BOt.) Without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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