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See also: Basic, BASIC, and bàsic




base +‎ -ic


  • IPA(key): /ˈbeɪsɪk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪsɪk
  • Hyphenation: ba‧sic


basic (comparative more basic, superlative most basic)

  1. Necessary, essential for life or some process.
    Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.
  2. Elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.
    The Hotel Sparta’s accommodation is very basic.
  3. (chemistry) Of or pertaining to a base; having a pH greater than 7.
  4. (slang) Unremarkable or uninteresting; boring; uncool.
    • 2013, Sam Stryker, "Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?", The Observer (University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College), Volume 46, Issue 101, 1 March 2013, page 11:
      I'm not saying people are jealous of Hathaway because she is so perfect. Yes, she does have it all — husband, healthy career, good looks. But she doesn't do anything in an "awesome" way. She's basic.
    • 2014, Trevor Thrall, "Firing Line: Rowling says ‘JK,’ Ron and Hermione not meant to be", The Daily Campus (Southern Methodist University), Volume 99, Issue 54, 3 February 2014, page 4:
      And what can be said about Ginny? She’s basic. My guess is that she spends her time drinking pumpkin spice lattes and watching “Pretty Little Liars.” The Chosen One is way out of her quidditch league.
    • 2015, Lily Kunda, "A New Track On Hip-Hipocrisy", The Marlin Chronicle (Virginia Wesleyan College), 26 February 2015, page 7:
      "I couldn't get into it, I could barely understand what he's saying – it had too much cursing and explicit language," said Cortnee Brandon. "I think his lyrics are easy...he's basic. Kendrick Lamar is kind of overrated."



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basic (plural basics)

  1. A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.
    Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.
  2. An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge.
    Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.
  3. (military) Basic training.
    The drill sergeants gave him hell in basic.





Borrowed from English BASIC.


basic m (invariable)

  1. (computing) BASIC