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  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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Also id·i·o·mat·i·cal.

Origin of idiomatic

1705–15; < Late Greek idiōmatikós, equivalent to idiōmat- (stem of idíōma) idiom + -ikos -ic
Related formsid·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbid·i·o·mat·i·cal·ness, id·i·o·ma·tic·i·ty [id-ee-oh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌɪd i oʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·id·i·o·mat·ic, adjectivenon·id·i·o·mat·i·cal, adjectivenon·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ness, nounun·id·i·o·mat·ic, adjectiveun·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unidiomatic

Historical Examples

  • A common instance of unidiomatic use of a particle at the end of a sentence is that of closing with the sign of the infinitive.

    Talks on Writing English

    Arlo Bates

  • Unidiomatic, un-id-i-o-mat′ik, adj. not according to the idiom of a language.

  • "I did not say I did not want to meet you," she said, with a slight accent, her unidiomatic English learned at school.

Word Origin and History for unidiomatic



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

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