I am looking for a word that describes a person that does not like to dress things up, whether it be people, ideas, objects. Almost the idea "simple man" but as an adjective?

  • Most frequently, we'd say he's "a simple man", but "a no-frills kind of guy*" is also common and clear. Maybe synonyms for "simple" or "basic" are what you're looking for. – Dan Bron Aug 26 '14 at 20:22

Consider spartan

often not capitalized : marked by simplicity, frugality, or avoidance of luxury and comfort a Spartan room [Merriam-Webster]

Also possible are austere, abstemious, and ascetic.

austere: severely simple or plain; an austere design

abstemious: moderate or sparing, esp in the consumption of alcohol or food; temperate

ascetic: a person who practises great self-denial and austerities and abstains from worldly comforts and pleasures, esp for religious reasons


  • Oh, austere! Topical. – Dan Bron Aug 26 '14 at 20:36
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    I don't think that you'd use spartan to describe a person. – Charon Aug 26 '14 at 20:37
  • @Okoning How about He led a spartan lifestyle? – bib Aug 26 '14 at 20:43
  • Yes, that would work - but OP wanted a word to describe a person directly. – Charon Aug 26 '14 at 22:28

The definition of modest (Dictionary.com) fits well:

1) having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2) free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.



  • Not pretentious or affected; straightforward.
  • Not overly ornate; simple in style.


  • elementary or simple.

Source:http://www.thefreedictionary.com/down-to-earth Source:http://www.thefreedictionary.com/basic



practical and straightforward : open and direct


free from any intent to deceive or impress others


having or showing an unpretentious informality

And then, well, "simple," as you say. Simple would be the popular way to put it.

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