Synonyms for came across


Antonyms for came across

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


"Will, let's go to meeting to-night," he said, the next time he came across Will Bailey.

We were on our honeymoon journey, and we came across him in Paris.

The man started a little as she spoke and came across the road towards them.

Thus she came across the white gloves, and she feared to look in them.

She came across a border of balm, and left not a leaf of it unplucked.

Mrs. Wilkins, of all the aggravating women I ever came across, you are the worst.

You're about the laziest and most shiftless man I ever came across.

The only sensible man I came across was the cabman who drove me about.

As the habit of these fellows is, he had shown it to the first white man he came across.

We came across McConkey with his machine gun at a street corner.


Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.