- associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
- characterized by or involving warm friendship or a personally close or familiar association or feeling: an intimate greeting.
- very private; closely personal: one's intimate affairs.
- characterized by or suggesting an atmosphere conducive to privacy or intimacy; warmly cozy: an intimate little café where we can relax and talk.
- (of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
- engaged in or characterized by sexual relations: too young to handle an intimate relationship.
- (of women's clothing) worn next to the skin, under street or outer garments: a store that sells intimate apparel.
- detailed; deep: a more intimate analysis.
- showing a close union or combination of particles or elements: an intimate mixture.
- inmost; deep within.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature; intrinsic: the intimate structure of an organism.
- of, relating to, or existing in the inmost depths of the mind: intimate beliefs.
- an intimate friend or associate, especially a confidant.
Origin of intimate1
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Examples from the Web for intimately
Now Kendall Jenner is intimately interlocked with Cara Delevingne.Kendall Tries to Outdo Kim by Straddling Cara Delevingne in Love Magazine
December 3, 2014
However the American sexual ideal is intimately related to a certain idea of masculinity.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
The Javadi story was just intimately bound up with the Saul story.‘Homeland’ Creator Talks Season 4’s ‘Reboot,’ Life After Brody, and How ISIS Will Affect the Show
October 6, 2014
You navigate from scene to scene in an intimately small group.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’
October 4, 2014
But I do know that I have always been interested in knowing all of myself, intimately.OITNB’s New Villain Vee, Played By Lorraine Toussaint, Speaks for the First Time
June 13, 2014
I have been intimately associated with many brewers throughout the country.Government by the Brewers?
It was gay, it was quiet and restful, it was intimately personal.The Harbor
I thought I recognised the voice: I know him intimately well.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
How we hide ourselves from those we love best and live with most intimately!
Ruffo's mother knew Gaspare, must have known him intimately in the past.
- characterized by a close or warm personal relationshipan intimate friend
- deeply personal, private, or secret
- (often postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relations (with)
- (postpositive foll by with)having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
- (of knowledge) deep; extensive
- having a friendly, warm, or informal atmospherean intimate nightclub
- of or relating to the essential part or nature of something; intrinsic
- denoting the informal second person of verbs and pronouns in French and other languages
- a close friend
- to hint; suggest
- to proclaim; make known
Word Origin and History for intimately
1630s, "closely acquainted, very familiar," from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare "make known, announce, impress," from Latin intimus "inmost" (adj.), "close friend" (n.), superlative of in "in" (see in- (2)). Used euphemistically in reference to women's underwear from 1904. Related: Intimately.
"suggest indirectly," 1530s, back-formation from intimation, or else from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare. Related: Intimated; intimating.
1650s, "person with whom one is intimate," from intimate (adj.).