Definitions for sheerʃɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sheerʃɪər(adj.; adv.; n.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)transparently thin; diaphanous, as some fabrics:

    sheer stockings.

  2. unmixed with anything else; unadulterated:

    sheer rock; sheer luck.

  3. unqualified; utter:

    sheer nonsense.

  4. extending down or up very steeply; almost completely vertical:

    a sheer descent.

  5. Obs. bright; shining.

  6. (adv.)completely; quite:

    drove sheer off the road.

  7. perpendicularly; vertically; down or up very steeply.

  8. (n.)a thin, diaphanous fabric or garment.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of sheer:




  1. to deviate from a course, as a ship; swerve.

  2. (v.t.)to cause to sheer.

  3. (n.)a deviation or divergence, as of a ship from its course.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. the fore-and-aft upward curve of the hull of a vessel at the main deck or bulwarks.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. the position in which a ship at anchor is placed to keep it clear of the anchor.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of sheer:

1620–30; perh. identical with shear

Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)(adj)

    complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

    "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity"

  2. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)

    not mixed with extraneous elements

    "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"

  3. bluff, bold, sheer(adj)

    very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

    "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"

  4. diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebby(verb)

    so thin as to transmit light

    "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"

  5. swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut(verb)

    turn sharply; change direction abruptly

    "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"

  6. sheer(adverb)

    cause to sheer

    "She sheered her car around the obstacle"

  7. sheer, perpendicularly(adverb)

    straight up or down without a break

  8. sheer(adverb)


    "he fell sheer into the water"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sheer(adjective)ʃɪər

    emphasizes how complete or total sth is

    an act of sheer genius; the sheer beauty of the scene

  2. sheerʃɪər

    very steep

    a sheer drop to the beach below

  3. sheerʃɪər

    (of cloth) easy to see through

    a sheer silk


  1. sheer(Noun)

    The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.

  2. sheer(Noun)

    An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.

  3. sheer(Verb)

    To swerve from a course.

  4. sheer(Verb)

    To shear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sheer(verb)

    bright; clear; pure; unmixed

  2. Sheer(verb)

    very thin or transparent; -- applied to fabrics; as, sheer muslin

  3. Sheer(verb)

    being only what it seems to be; obvious; simple; mere; downright; as, sheer folly; sheer nonsense

  4. Sheer(verb)

    stright up and down; vertical; prpendicular

  5. Sheer(adverb)

    clean; quite; at once

  6. Sheer(verb)

    to shear

  7. Sheer(verb)

    to decline or deviate from the line of the proper course; to turn aside; to swerve; as, a ship sheers from her course; a horse sheers at a bicycle

  8. Sheer(noun)

    the longitudinal upward curvature of the deck, gunwale, and lines of a vessel, as when viewed from the side

  9. Sheer(noun)

    the position of a vessel riding at single anchor and swinging clear of it

  10. Sheer(noun)

    a turn or change in a course

  11. Sheer(noun)

    shears See Shear

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4341

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sheer' in Adjectives Frequency: #587

Anagrams of sheer

  1. Heres

Translations for sheer

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