MEANING: adjective: Plain; simple.

ETYMOLOGY: After Kersey, a village in Suffolk, England. Earliest documented use: 1390.

NOTES: The word is believed to be coined after the village Kersey in England where a kind of coarse cloth was apparently first made. The word kersey today is applied to the coarse ribbed cloth and clothing made from it. An opposite of this word could be fustian, also coined after a cloth, and this word also is, perhaps, coined after a place name.

KERSEY - second best high-butterfat-milk producing cows (right after Jersey)

KERLEY - Massachusetts politician in the early 20th Century, best known as Mayor of Boston for four terms

KERSET - a women's garment for controlling the figure, widely used in Brooklyn (no longer popular)