familiar

familiar
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. intimate, close; acquainted, well-versed; common; presumptuous. —n. intimate, associate; familiar spirit (see mythical deities, demon). See friend, nearness, sociality, insolence. Ant., unfamiliar, reserved, distant.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Commonly known]
Syn. everyday, well-known, customary, frequent, homely, humble, usual, intimate, habitual, accustomed, common, ordinary, oft-encountered, informal, unceremonious, plain, simple, matter-of-fact, workaday, prosaic, commonplace, homespun, natural, native, unsophisticated, unvarnished, old hat*, garden variety*.
Ant. unusual*, exotic, strange, new.
2. [Friendly]
Syn. close, intimate, confidential, casual, cordial, easy, informal, free-and-easy, unceremonious, presumptuous, presuming, forward, bold, overfamiliar, chummy*; see also intimate 1 .
See Synonym Study at common . Syn.- familiar is applied to that which is known through constant association, and, with reference to persons, suggests informality, or even presumption, such as might prevail among members of a family [ remain on familiar terms ] ; close is applied to persons or things very near to one in affection, attraction, interests, etc. [close friends ] ; intimate implies very close association, acquaintance, relationship, etc. [ invited her intimate friends ] or suggests something of a very personal or private nature [intimate letters ] ; confidential implies a relationship in which there is mutual trust and a sharing of private thoughts, problems, etc. [ a confidential friendship ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. well-known acquainted, accustomed, recognizable, intimate, *old hat, common, everyday, habitual, routine, ordinary, stock.
2. knowledgeable conversant with, informed, versed, aware of, apprised of, *up on, savvy, cognizant, au courant.
3. friendly intimate, informal, close, relaxed, neighborly, *free and easy, *buddy-buddy, cozy, genial, natural, at home.
4. bold over-familiar, presumptuous, forward, disrespectful, taking liberties, impudent.
ANT.: 1. unfamiliar, foreign, alien, extraordinary. 2. ignorant, unaware, oblivious. 3. formal, shy, aloof, stiff. 4. respectful, reserved, reticent
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Occurring quite often: common, everyday, frequent, regular, routine, widespread. See USUAL. 2. Having good knowledge of: acquainted, conversant, versant, versed. Idiom: up on. See KNOWLEDGE. 3. Very closely associated: chummy, close, friendly, intimate1. Informal: thick. Slang: tight. Idiom: hand in glove with. See LOVE. 4. Indicating intimacy and mutual trust: confidential, intimate1. See ATTITUDE, NEAR. 5. Rude and disrespectful: assuming, assumptive, audacious, bold, boldfaced, brash, brazen, cheeky, contumelious, forward, impertinent, impudent, insolent, malapert, nervy, overconfident, pert, presuming, presumptuous, pushy, sassy, saucy, smart. Informal: brassy, flip, fresh, smart-alecky, snippety, snippy, uppish, uppity. Slang: wise1. See ATTITUDE, COURTESY. II noun A person whom one knows well, likes, and trusts: amigo, brother, chum, confidant, confidante, friend, intimate1, mate. Informal: bud2, buddy, pal. Slang: sidekick. See LOVE.

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