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Friends and acquaintances - thesaurus

Synonyms

bestie

noun

informal someone’s bestie is their best friend

BFF

abbreviation

best friend(s) forever: used in social media to refer to a very close friend

wingman

noun

a man who helps and supports another man

friends

noun

someone you know well and like, but who is not a member of your family

acquaintance

noun

someone you know a little, who is not a close friend

companion

noun

a friend or pet that you spend a lot of time with

mate

noun

Britishinformal a friend

pal

noun

informal old-fashioned a friend

chum

noun

informal old-fashioned a close friend

girlfriend

noun

a female friend of a woman

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a good friend

someone you know very well and like a lot

alter ego

noun

a very close friend

amigo

noun

mainly Americaninformal a friend

a shoulder to cry on

someone who listens to you with sympathy when you talk about your problems

blood brother

noun

a man who has made a very serious promise to be loyal to another man

boon companion

noun

literary a very good friend

bosom friend/buddy/pal

a very close friend

brother

noun

a man who is connected to you in some way and who you have feelings of friendship towards

buddy

noun

mainly Americaninformal a friend

cohort

noun

a friend or supporter, especially of someone you do not like

comrade

noun

mainly literary a friend, especially someone you have fought together with in a war or worked with

comrade in arms

noun

a friend who fought in a war or experienced a difficult or dangerous situation with you

confidante

noun

a woman who you trust and can discuss your secrets and private feelings with

connections

noun

people you know who are able to use their influence to help you

contact

noun

someone you know who can help you, for example by finding work for you or giving you information

correspondent

noun

someone who regularly writes letters or emails to another person

crony

noun

showing disapproval a friend or supporter, especially of someone powerful

crowd

noun

informal a group of friends

fair-weather friend

noun

showing disapproval someone who only wants to be your friend when things are going well for you

fellows

noun

old-fashioned the people that you work with, go to school with, or often spend time with

firm friends

noun

very good friends

flatmate

noun

British someone who you share a flat with. The American word is roommate.

friend

noun

used for referring to a person without mentioning their name

friends

noun

if two people are friends, each one is a friend of the other

homeboy

noun

Americanvery informal a male friend who is from the same area or social group as you

homegirl

noun

Americanvery informal a female friend who is from the same area or social group as you

homey

noun

Americanvery informal a homeboy or a homegirl

housemate

noun

someone who lives in the same house as you but is not a member of your family

interlocutor

noun

formal someone who you are having a conversation with

intimate

noun

formal a close friend

kith and kin

noun

old-fashioned your friends and relatives

offsider

noun

Australianinformal a friend, a partner, or someone who helps you

pen friend

noun

British someone who you regularly write friendly letters to but have never met

pen pal

noun

a pen friend

roomie

noun

Americaninformal a roommate

roommate

noun

someone who you share a room with, for example at university

roommate

noun

mainly American a flatmate

school friend

noun

a friend who is or was at the same school as you

sidekick

noun

informal someone’s friend or assistant

someone’s best friend

the friend that you like best

someone’s partner in crime

someone who you do something with, especially something that other people do not approve of

soulmate

noun

someone who you have a special relationship with because you share the same feelings, attitudes, and beliefs

sparring partner

noun

someone who you have regular arguments with, but not in an unfriendly way, especially in politics

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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