View synonyms for idiomatic


[ id-ee-uh-mat-ik ]


  1. peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect:

    idiomatic French.

  2. containing or using many idioms.
  3. having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts:

    idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.

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Other Words From

  • idi·o·mati·cal·ly adverb
  • idi·o·mati·cal·ness id·i·o·ma·tic·i·ty [id-ee-oh-m, uh, -, tis, -i-tee], noun
  • nonid·i·o·matic adjective
  • nonid·i·o·mati·cal adjective
  • nonid·i·o·mati·cal·ly adverb
  • nonid·i·o·mati·cal·ness noun
  • unid·i·o·matic adjective
  • unid·i·o·mati·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of idiomatic1

1705–15; < Late Greek idiōmatikós, equivalent to idiōmat- (stem of idíōma ) idiom + -ikos -ic

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Example Sentences

Full-time residents, who call themselves Yoopers, use the same name to refer to their idiomatic English.

In the meantime, she continues to speak with idiomatic brusqueness.

“There was no absolute word in the Russian idiomatic language,” he said.

Moreover, by the time he reaches college it is too late to teach him even common, idiomatic expressiveness.

All the truly idiomatic and national phrases are kept, and all others successively picked out and thrown away.

Numberless compound idiomatic phrases have also been given a place, in each case under the head of the significant word.

Thats idiomatic French, and means a good deal that you dont understand; I always use it to gals, especially when theyre pretty.

It was filled with jokes, beneath which were German notes explaining any difficult or idiomatic words and phrases.