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[id-ee-uh-mat-ik] /ˌɪd i əˈmæt ɪk/
peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect:
idiomatic French.
containing or using many idioms.
having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts:
idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.
Also, idiomatical.
Origin of idiomatic
1705-15; < Late Greek idiōmatikós, equivalent to idiōmat- (stem of idíōma) idiom + -ikos -ic
Related forms
idiomatically, adverb
idiomaticalness, idiomaticity
[id-ee-oh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌɪd i oʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonidiomatic, adjective
nonidiomatical, adjective
nonidiomatically, adverb
nonidiomaticalness, noun
unidiomatic, adjective
unidiomatically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If he looked ahead he would see what we idiomatically know as his "finish."

  • "Me either," said Mrs. Treacher, idiomatically, and bent over the basket.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • idiomatically, "the bores, the spoil-sports, or wet-blankets."

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • Picard, the one-legged soldier, idiomatically expressed the thought of the Salle.

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War

    Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
  • Colin answered him more quickly and idiomatically than Sir Henry had expected.

  • It is so idiomatically conceived for orchestra that only the barest idea can be gained from a pianoforte transcription.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • The Guicowar speaks English well, not only correctly and fluently, but idiomatically.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • He laughed with pleasure and surprise at finding that he could still speak his native tongue quite fluently and idiomatically. '

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
  • I had no idea how to render this idiomatically, but I knew that a room 20 ft. square contained 400 square feet.

    If I May A. A. Milne
Word Origin and History for idiomatically



1712, from Latin idiomaticus, from Greek idiomatikos; from idios "one's own" (see idiom) + matos "thinking, animated" (see automaton).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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