Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary




Synonyms and Antonyms of physical

  1. 1 of or relating to the human body <physical sensations such as heat and pain> Synonyms animal, bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, fleshly, material, somatic Related Words anatomic (or anatomical), physiological (or physiologic); sensual, sensuous; hand-to-hand Near Antonyms cerebral, inner, intellectual, mental, psychological (also psychologic); bodiless, immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, spiritual; ethereal, metaphysical, psychic (also psychical) Antonyms nonmaterial, nonphysical

  2. 2 relating to or composed of matter <couldn't tell the difference between a physical object and a shadow in the dim light> Synonyms concrete, material, substantialRelated Words bodily, carnal, corporal, corporeal, embodied, fleshly; apparent, appreciable, detectable, discernible (also discernable), noticeable, observable, palpable, perceptible, seeable, sensible, tangible, touchable, visible; objective, phenomenal; bulky, heavy, hefty, massive, ponderous, solid, weightyNear Antonyms bodiless, discarnate, disembodied, formless, incorporeal, unbodied; ethereal, insubstantial, unsubstantial; impalpable, imperceptible, insensible, intangible, invisible, unnoticeable; airy, diaphanous, gossamery, tenuous, thin, vaporous, wispish; metaphysical, spiritualAntonyms immaterial, nonmaterial, nonphysical

Learn More about physical

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up physical? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a great number

Get Word of the Day daily email!