[ sim-pah-ti-koh, -pat-i- ]
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  1. congenial or like-minded; likable: I find our new neighbor simpatico in every respect.

Origin of simpatico

First recorded in 1860–65; from Italian: literally, “sympathetic,” equivalent to simpat(ia) sympathy + -ico -ic; related in meaning to Spanish simpático, French sympathique, and German sympatisch

Words that may be confused with simpatico

Words Nearby simpatico Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use simpatico in a sentence

  • Nobody could say that any form of spider is precisely what our Italian friends prettily describe in their liquid way as simpatico.

    Science in Arcady | Grant Allen
  • Yes, she agreed, Nuoro was a nice place—simpatico, molto simpatico.

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
  • In the Italian phrase the whole place was simpatico; it repeated and crooned over to every one the mood in which he came to it.

    Daisy's Aunt | E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • I will ask nobody whom you do not like—who is not thoroughly simpatico.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel | M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for simpatico


/ (sɪmˈpɑːtɪˌkəʊ, -ˈpæt-) /

  1. pleasant or congenial

  2. of similar mind or temperament; compatible

Origin of simpatico

Italian: from simpatia sympathy

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