Thesaurus

familiar

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of familiar

  1. 1 closely acquainted the little inside jokes that people who have long been familiar like to share Synonyms of familiar bosom, buddy-buddy, chummy, close, especial, friendly, inseparable, intimate, inward, near, thick, tight Words Related to familiar clannish, close-knit, tight-knit; affable, boon, companionable, convivial, cordial, genial, gracious, hearty; gregarious, sociable, social; comfortable, cozy, easy, snug; amicable, neighborly; confidential, secretive; adoring, affectionate, dear, devoted, fond, loving, tender, tenderhearted, warm Near Antonyms of familiar aloof, antisocial, cold, cool, detached, distant, frosty, remote, reserved, standoffish, unfriendly, unsociable, withdrawn Antonyms of familiar distant

  2. 2 having information especially as a result of study or experience book editors who are familiar with what is being taught in the schools Synonyms of familiar abreast, acquainted, au courant, conversant, informed, knowledgeable, up, up-to-date, versed, well-informed Words Related to familiar alive, aware, cognizant, conscious, heedful, mindful, sensible, sentient Phrases at home, in the know Near Antonyms of familiar insensible, unaware, unconscious, unmindful; blind, oblivious, unknowing, unwitting; inattentive, unheeding Antonyms of familiar ignorant, unacquainted, unfamiliar, uninformed, unknowledgeable

  3. 3 often observed or encountered the woman and her pair of Welsh corgis were a familiar sight in the quiet neighborhood Synonyms of familiar common or garden [chiefly British], commonplace, everyday, common, frequent, garden-variety, household, ordinary, quotidian, routine, ubiquitous, usualWords Related to familiar normal, regular, standard; de rigueur, mandatory, obligatory; general, universal; ceaseless, constant, continual, continuous, incessant, unceasing; endemic, popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeatedNear Antonyms of familiar aberrant, abnormal, irregular, unnatural; intermittent, occasional, sporadicAntonyms of familiar extraordinary, infrequent, rare, seldom, uncommon, unfamiliar, unusual

  4. 4 showing a lack of proper social reserve or modesty rather too familiar for a first-time guest in our home, the woman kept asking how much we paid for this or for that Synonyms of familiar bold, presumptuous, forward, free, immodest, overfamiliar, presumingWords Related to familiar arrogant, bumptious, complacent, conceited, egoistic (also egoistical), egomaniacal, egotistic (or egotistical), highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-hat, hoity-toity, important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-asserting, self-assertive, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-important, self-satisfied, smug, uppity, vain, vainglorious; cavalier, disdainful, haughty, lordly, pretentious, snobbish, stuck-up, supercilious, superior; audacious, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen, cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, overbold, pert, sassy, saucy; confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; boastful, braggart, bragging; domineering, high-handed, imperious; self-absorbed, self-centered, self-concerned, self-engrossed, self-infatuated, self-interested, self-involved, selfish, self-obsessed, self-seekingNear Antonyms of familiar demure, down-to-earth, humble, lowly, meek, unassertive, unpretentious; bashful, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid, timorous; diffident, self-doubtingAntonyms of familiar modest, unassuming

Synonym Discussion of familiar

common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence
    • a common error
    • lacked common honesty
and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness.
    • common manners
ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things.
    • an ordinary pleasant summer day
    • a very ordinary sort of man
plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity.
    • plain hard-working people
familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized.
    • a familiar melody
popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups.
    • a writer of popular romances
vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness).
    • souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste

familiar

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of familiar

  1. 1 someone who regularly spends time in a particular place a longtime familiar of the bar, she would most likely have been there on the night in question Synonyms of familiar denizen, frequenter, habitué (also habitue), haunter, rat, regularWords Related to familiar client, customer, guest, patron; addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, freak, lover, maniac, nut

  2. 2 a person who has a strong liking for and trust in another with old familiars the normally reserved writer can be quite warm and funny Synonyms of familiar alter ego, amigo, buddy, chum, compadre, comrade, confidant, confidante, crony, friend, intimate, mate [chiefly British], musketeer, palWords Related to familiar acquaintance; associate, cohort, colleague, companion, fellow, hearty, hobnobber, partner, peer, sport; blood brother, brother, main man, sister; abettor (also abetter), accomplice, ally, collaborator, confederate; pen pal; benefactor, supporter, sympathizer, well-wisher; friendlyNear Antonyms of familiar adversary, antagonist, competitor, opponent, rival; archenemy, nemesisAntonyms of familiar enemy, foe



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!