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Definitions of sheer word
- adjective sheer transparently thin; diaphanous, as some fabrics: sheer stockings. 1
- adjective sheer unmixed with anything else: We drilled a hundred feet through sheer rock. 1
- adjective sheer unqualified; utter: sheer nonsense. 1
- adjective sheer extending down or up very steeply; almost completely vertical: a sheer descent of rock. 1
- adjective sheer British Obsolete. bright; shining. 1
- adverb sheer clear; completely; quite: ran sheer into the thick of battle. 1
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Origin of sheer
First appearance:before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English scere, shere, schere free, clear, bright, thin; probably < Old Norse skǣrr; change of sk- > s(c)h- perhaps by influence of the related Old English scīr (E dial. shire clear, pure, thin); cognate with German schier, Old Norse skīr, Gothic skeirs clear; see shine1
Parts of speech for Sheer
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
sheer usage trend in Literature
Synonyms for sheer
- aways — to cease to live; undergo the complete and permanent cessation of all vital functions; become dead.
- be off — leave
- beetle — A beetle is an insect with a hard covering to its body.
- beetling — a heavy hammering or ramming instrument, usually of wood, used to drive wedges, force down paving stones, compress loose earth, etc.
- cover up — If you cover something or someone up, you put something over them in order to protect or hide them.
- altogether — You use altogether to emphasize that something has stopped, been done, or finished completely.
- bare — If a part of your body is bare, it is not covered by any clothing.
- clear — Something that is clear is easy to understand, see, or hear.
- cobweblike — Resembling or characteristic of a cobweb.
- extreme — Reaching a high or the highest degree; very great.
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