from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Marked by the absence of extra or special features; basic: no-frills housing; no-frills airline service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by the absence of inessential features


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  • The pact will focus on Ryanair, Europe's largest no-frills carrier, consulting with Comac on development of its planned C919 passenger jet, this person said.

    Ryanair and Comac Forge Cooperating Agreement

  • It is a no-frills health care policy with restrictions for the first few years, but the cost is very reasonable and it's a good "just in case" backup for those who are unable to get "regular" insurance because of pre-existing conditions or age.

    insurances (health)

  • She bought sturdy Ethan Allen furniture, expensive Sterling flatware, and clothing with tough, construction worker-like qualities—rivet buttoned pants made out of thick canvas, peasant shirts with triple stitching, and no-frills, magazine-ordered underwear the manufacturer claimed would last you a lifetime.

    The Rotation of the Earth

  • If in the spirit of togetherness, your daughter joins you at the nail salon, who do you think is going to pay, and likely for the $40 "spa" pedicure, not the no-frills $20 treatment?

    Mary Quigley: The Paradox Of Spending

  • Take a regular, no-frills caterpillar—one crawling its way up a tree, for instance—and place it in the center of a metal trash can lid lined with newspaper.

    Death Watch

  • Some airlines, especially Gol and a number of small Brazilian newcomers, have used no-frills strategies and discounts to entice working class passengers as well.

    Brazil Likely to Endorse TAM, LAN Merger

  • Less demand for netbooks — tiny no-frills cheap laptops — were partially to blame, the industry trackers said.

    Global PC Shipments Post Weak Gains

  • So far it is succeeding by offering no-frills flights that save a lot of time and don't cost substantially more than train tickets.

    IndiGo Shows How India Will Go

  • James Steinberg Buyers of no-frills term-life policies typically have to give blood and urine samples and even undergo more elaborate medical testing, while the insurance company collects reports from your doctors—a process known as underwriting.

    Would You Buy a Life-Insurance Policy From This Machine?

  • This week's show promises a no-frills distillation of Nichol's simpler side, but what it lacks in elevated aspirations it should more than make up for in near-agonising hilarity.

    This week's new comedy


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