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
Australian, New Zealand 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