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gossamer

[ gos-uh-mer ]SEE DEFINITION OF gossamer

Synonyms for gossamer

  • fibrous
  • silky
  • translucent
  • cobweb
  • fine
  • flimsy
  • light
  • tiffany
  • airy
  • delicate
  • diaphanous
  • sheer
  • transparent
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Antonyms for gossamer

  • dark
  • heavy
  • serious
  • thick
  • coarse
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GOSSAMER

"Your hints are always as delicate as gossamer," said Temple.

How like is the down of the fruit to the first gossamer down of the heart—and ah!

But only stoop—catch the light thwartwise—and all is a silver network of gossamer!

You know how they capture the creatures on which they live; by weaving webs of gossamer, is it not?

The gossamer floatings of this French danseuse possessed 258 everyone.

For weeks it hung trembling on a thread slender and weak as the gossamer's web.

Why, it is more idle than the passing wind, lighter than the down of the gossamer.

It is like the pursuit of the gossamer, which the least breath sweeps away.

I have no idea what place these gossamer threads occupy in the economy of nature.

Why, that he had not been tied down by ropes at all, but only by thousands of gossamer webs!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "spider threads spun in fields of stubble in late fall," apparently from gos "goose" + sumer "summer" (cf. Swedish sommertrad "summer thread"). The reference might be to a fancied resemblance of the silk to goose down, or because geese are in season then. The German equivalent mädchensommer (literally "girls' summer") also has a sense of "Indian summer," and the English word originally may have referred to a warm spell in autumn before being transferred to a phenomenon especially noticable then. Cf. obsolete Scottish go-summer "period of summer-like weather in late autumn." Meaning "anything light or flimsy" is from c.1400. The adjective sense "filmy" is attested from 1802.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GOSSAMER

cobweb

nounentanglement; filament
  • fiber
  • gossamer
  • labyrinth
  • mesh
  • net
  • network
  • snare
  • tissue
  • toil
  • web
  • webbing

fine

adjectivedainty, delicate; sheer
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