Closer vs Intimate - What's the difference?

closer | intimate |

As adjectives the difference between closer and intimate

is that closer is (close) while intimate is closely acquainted; familiar.

As nouns the difference between closer and intimate

is that closer is someone or something that closes while intimate is a very close friend.

As a verb intimate is

to suggest or disclose discreetly.



Etymology 1

From close (adjective) + -er


  • (close)
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    Etymology 2

    From close (verb) + -er


    (en noun)
  • Someone or something that closes.
  • In our organization, the VP of Sales usually acts as the closer .
  • Someone or something that concludes.
  • The DJ chose a fantastic track as his closer at the end of the night.
  • The last stone in a horizontal course, if smaller than the others; a piece of brick finishing a course.
  • (Gwilt)
  • (baseball) A relief pitcher that specializes in getting the last three outs of the game. See
  • They brought their closer in for the ninth.


    * English heteronyms




    (en adjective)
  • Closely acquainted; familiar.
  • an intimate friend
    He and his sister deeply valued their intimate relationship as they didn't have much else to live for.
  • Of or involved in a sexual relationship.
  • She enjoyed some intimate time alone with her husband.
  • Personal; private.
  • an intimate setting


    (en noun)
  • A very close friend.
  • Only a couple of intimates had ever read his writing.
  • (in plural intimates ) Women's underwear, sleepwear, or lingerie, especially offered for sale in a store.
  • You'll find bras and panties in the women's intimates section upstairs.


    * (close friend) bosom buddy, bosom friend, cater-cousin


  • To suggest or disclose discreetly.
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  •     The Kaiser beamed. Von Bulow had praised him. Von Bulow had exalted him and humbled himself. The Kaiser could forgive anything after that. "Haven't I always told you," he exclaimed with enthusiasm, "that we complete one another famously? We should stick together, and we will!"
        Von Bulow saved himself in time—but, canny diplomat that he was, he nevertheless had made one error: he should have begun by talking about his own shortcomings and Wilhelm's superiority—not by intimating that the Kaiser was a half-wit in need of a guardian.
    He intimated that we should leave before the argument escalated.