- intimate borrowing,
- intimations of immortality,
Origin of intimate1
verb (used with object), in·ti·mat·ed, in·ti·mat·ing.
Origin of intimate2
Examples from the Web for intimate
The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Literature in the 14th century, Strohm points out, was an intimate, interactive affair.A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings|Wendy Smith|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She suggested that Gregory stack newspapers on his desk to give the set an intimate, coffeehouse feel.David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown|Lloyd Grove|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But my favorites, and by far the most intimate photos at the gallery, are by Jimmy Steinfeld.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It offers keen insights into Hitch's craft while painting an intimate and unsentimental picture of the man behind the camera.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The impressions of one of his most intimate friends, as conveyed at the time by letter, may fitly be quoted here.
His intimate friend, who came with him, had the good fortune to be close to Bertha, and had witnessed all that had occurred.Materialized Apparitions|Edward Augustus Brackett
Dodichet entered the room as jauntily as if it were a tavern, leading his intimate friend by the hand.San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams|Charles Paul de Kock
Though there is the chamber wall seen behind the chair, there is nothing to intimate that the door or the window is closed.
And so it is with all his intimate relations, which are unusually sweet and tender.Behind the Mirrors|Clinton W. Gilbert
- (postpositive foll by with) having a deep or unusual knowledge (of)
- (of knowledge) deep; extensive
Word Origin for intimate
verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for intimate
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.).