Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun familiar

3 senses of familiar

Sense 1
familiar -- (a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support)
       => servant, retainer -- (a person working in the service of another (especially in the household))

Sense 2
companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associate -- (a friend who is frequently in the company of another; "drinking companions"; "comrades in arms")
       => friend -- (a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university")

Sense 3
familiar, familiar spirit -- (a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard)
       => spirit, disembodied spirit -- (any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings)

Antonyms of adj familiar

4 senses of familiar

Sense 1
familiar (vs. unfamiliar) -- (well known or easily recognized; "a familiar figure"; "familiar songs"; "familiar guests")

unfamiliar (vs. familiar) -- (not known or well known; "a name unfamiliar to most"; "be alert at night especially in unfamiliar surroundings")
        => strange, unknown -- (not known before; "used many strange words"; "saw many strange faces in the crowd"; "don't let anyone unknown into the house")
        => unacquainted (predicate), unacquainted with (predicate), unfamiliar with (predicate) -- (having little or no knowledge of; "unacquainted with city ways")

Sense 2
familiar (vs. strange) -- (within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange; "familiar ordinary objects found in every home"; "a familiar everyday scene"; "a familiar excuse"; "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences")

strange (vs. familiar), unusual -- (being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; "a strange exaltation that was indefinable"; "a strange fantastical mind"; "what a strange sense of humor she has")
        => antic, fantastic, fantastical, grotesque -- (ludicrously odd; "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition"; "fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in the mirror")
        => crazy -- (bizarre or fantastic; "had a crazy dream"; "wore a crazy hat")
        => curious, funny, odd, peculiar, queer, rum, rummy, singular -- (beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; "a curious hybrid accent"; "her speech has a funny twang"; "they have some funny ideas about war"; "had an odd name"; "the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves"; "something definitely queer about this town"; "what a rum fellow"; "singular behavior")
        => eerie, eery -- (inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening; "an uncomfortable and eerie stillness in the woods"; "an eerie midnight howl")
        => exotic -- (strikingly strange or unusual; "an exotic hair style"; "protons, neutrons, electrons and all their exotic variants"; "the exotic landscape of a dead planet")
        => freaky -- (strange and somewhat frightening; "the whole experience was really freaky")
        => gothic -- (characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; "gothic novels like `Frankenstein'")
        => oddish -- (somewhat strange)
        => other -- (very unusual; different in character or quality from the normal or expected; "a strange, other dimension...where his powers seemed to fail"- Lance Morrow)
        => quaint -- (strange in an interesting or pleasing way; "quaint dialect words"; "quaint streets of New Orleans, that most foreign of American cities")
        => quaint -- (very strange or unusual; odd or even incongruous in character or appearance; "the head terminating in the quaint duck bill which gives the animal its vernacular name"- Bill Beatty; "came forth a quaint and fearful sight"- Sir Walter Scott; "a quaint sense of humor")
        => weird -- (strikingly odd or unusual; "some trick of the moonlight; some weird effect of shadow"- Bram Stoker)

Sense 3
conversant (predicate), familiar (predicate) -- ((usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly; "conversant with business trends"; "familiar with the complex machinery"; "he was familiar with those roads")

INDIRECT (VIA informed) -> uninformed -- (not informed; lacking in knowledge or information; "the uninformed public")

Sense 4
familiar, intimate -- (having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders")

INDIRECT (VIA close) -> distant, remote -- (far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship ; "a distant cousin"; "a remote relative"; "a distant likeness"; "considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics")

Similarity of adj familiar

4 senses of familiar

Sense 1
familiar (vs. unfamiliar) -- (well known or easily recognized; "a familiar figure"; "familiar songs"; "familiar guests")
       => acquainted (predicate) -- (having fair knowledge of; "they were acquainted"; "fully acquainted with the facts")
       => beaten (prenominal) -- (much trodden and worn smooth or bare; "did not stray from the beaten path")
       => long-familiar, well-known (prenominal) -- (frequently experienced; known closely or intimately; "a long-familiar face"; "a well-known voice reached her ears")
       => old (prenominal) -- ((used for emphasis) very familiar; "good old boy"; "same old story")
          Also See-> known#1

Sense 2
familiar (vs. strange) -- (within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange; "familiar ordinary objects found in every home"; "a familiar everyday scene"; "a familiar excuse"; "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences")
       => common, usual -- (commonly encountered; "a common (or familiar) complaint"; "the usual greeting")
       => common or garden -- (the usual or familiar type; "it is a common or garden sparrow")
       => everyday -- (commonplace and ordinary; "the familiar everyday world")

Sense 3
conversant (predicate), familiar (predicate) -- ((usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly; "conversant with business trends"; "familiar with the complex machinery"; "he was familiar with those roads")
       => informed (vs. uninformed) -- (having much knowledge or education; "an informed public"; "informed opinion"; "the informed customer")

Sense 4
familiar, intimate -- (having mutual interests or affections; of established friendship; "on familiar terms"; "pretending she is on an intimate footing with those she slanders")
       => close (vs. distant) -- (close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance")

2019, Cloud WordNet Browser