Synonyms of sheer in English

: sheer1sheer2

sheer1


See definition of sheer

adjective

1‘he whistled at the sheer audacity of the plan’

SYNONYMS

utter, complete, absolute, total, pure, perfect, downright, out-and-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, through and through, consummate, patent, surpassing, veritable, unqualified, unmitigated, unalloyed, unadulterated, unmixed

stark, rank

plain, simple, mere

British informal proper

NZ Australian informal fair

archaic arrant

rare right-down

2‘there was a terrifying sheer drop to the sea’

SYNONYMS

precipitous, very steep, perpendicular, vertical, abrupt, bluff, sharp, vertiginous

rare acclivitous, declivitous, scarped

ANTONYMS

gradual

3‘a dress of sheer white silk chiffon’

SYNONYMS

diaphanous, gauzy, filmy, floaty, very thin, translucent, transparent, see-through, gossamer, gossamer-like, chiffony, insubstantial, ultra-fine, fine

ANTONYMS

thick, heavy


Synonyms of sheer in English

: sheer1sheer2

sheer2


See definition of sheer

verb

1‘the boat sheered off to beach further along the coast’

SYNONYMS

swerve, swing, veer, slew, skew, change course, drift, yaw

ANTONYMS

stay on course

2‘her mind sheered away from images she didn't want to dwell on’

SYNONYMS

turn away, flinch, recoil, shy away

refuse to contemplate, avoid, evade

ANTONYMS

face up to