Synonyms for sheer

Synonyms for (verb) sheer

Synonyms: sheer

Definition: cause to sheer

Usage: She sheered her car around the obstacle

Similar words: direct, steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, channelise, channelize, guide, head

Definition: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling


Synonyms: curve, cut, sheer, slew, slue, veer, trend, swerve

Definition: turn sharply; change direction abruptly

Usage: The car cut to the left at the intersection; The motorbike veered to the right

Similar words: turn

Definition: change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

Usage: Turn towards me; The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face; She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs

Synonyms for (adjective) sheer

Synonyms: absolute, out-and-out, sheer, rank, right-down, downright

Definition: complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

Usage: absolute freedom; an absolute dimwit; a downright lie; out-and-out mayhem; an out-and-out lie; a rank outsider; many right-down vices; got the job through sheer persistence; sheer stupidity

Similar words: complete

Definition: having every necessary or normal part or component or step

Usage: a complete meal; a complete wardrobe; a complete set of the Britannica; a complete set of china; a complete defeat; a complete accounting


Synonyms: sheer, bluff, bold

Definition: very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

Usage: a bluff headland; where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise; a sheer descent of rock

Similar words: steep

Definition: having a sharp inclination

Usage: the steep attic stairs; steep cliffs


Synonyms: plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed

Definition: not mixed with extraneous elements

Usage: plain water; sheer wine; not an unmixed blessing

Similar words: pure

Definition: free of extraneous elements of any kind

Usage: pure air and water; pure gold; pure primary colors; the violin's pure and lovely song; pure tones; pure oxygen


Synonyms: diaphanous, gossamer, vaporous, vapourous, transparent, cobwebby, filmy, gauze-like, gauzy, see-through, sheer

Definition: so thin as to transmit light

Usage: a hat with a diaphanous veil; filmy wings of a moth; gauzy clouds of dandelion down; gossamer cobwebs; sheer silk stockings; transparent chiffon; vaporous silks

Similar words: thin

Definition: of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section

Usage: thin wire; a thin chiffon blouse; a thin book; a thin layer of paint