filmy vs sheer what difference

what is difference between filmy and sheer



From film +‎ -y. Doublet of filmic.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪlmi/


filmy (comparative filmier, superlative filmiest)

  1. Resembling or made of a thin film; gauzy
  2. Covered by (or as if by) a film; hazy
    • 1894, Ivan Dexter, Talmud: A Strange Narrative of Central Australia, published in serial form in Port Adelaide News and Lefevre’s Peninsula Advertiser (SA), Chapter XVI, [1]
      On the following morning the head of Strezlecki Creek was passed and in the dim distance could be seen the filmy blue outlines of Mount Arrowsmith, behind which lay the magnificent Nardoo station.



filmy m

  1. nominative plural of film
  2. accusative plural of film
  3. vocative plural of film



  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈʃɪə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ʃɪɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
  • Homophone: shear

Etymology 1

From Middle English shere, scheere, schere, skere, from Old English sċǣre; merged with Middle English schyre, schire, shire, shir, from Old English sċīr (clear, bright; brilliant, gleaming, shining, splendid, resplendent; pure) and Middle English skyr, from Old Norse skírr (pure, bright, clear), both from Proto-Germanic *skīriz (pure, sheer) and *skairiz, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱēy- (luster, gloss, shadow).

Cognate with Danish skær, German schier (sheer), Dutch schier (almost), Gothic ???????????????????????? (skeirs, clear, lucid). Outside Germanic, cognate to Albanian hir (grace, beauty; goodwill).


sheer (comparative sheerer or more sheer, superlative sheerest or most sheer)

  1. (textiles) Very thin or transparent.
  2. (obsolete) Pure in composition; unmixed; unadulterated.
    • c. 1592, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Induction, scene ii:
      If she say I am not fourteen pence on the score for sheer ale, score me up for the lying’st knave in Christendom.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, King Richard the Second, Act V, scene iii:
      Thou sheer, immaculate and silver fountain, / From when this stream through muddy passages / Hath held his current and defiled himself!
  3. (by extension) Downright; complete; pure.
    • 2012, July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
      Cycling’s complex etiquette contains an unwritten rule that riders in contention for a race win should not be penalised for sheer misfortune.
  4. Used to emphasize the amount or degree of something.
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, “[4],” New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012):
      Perhaps as startling as the sheer toll was the devastation to some of the state’s well-known locales. Boardwalks along the beach in Seaside Heights, Belmar and other towns on the Jersey Shore were blown away. Amusement parks, arcades and restaurants all but vanished. Bridges to barrier islands buckled, preventing residents from even inspecting the damage to their property.
  5. Very steep; almost vertical or perpendicular.
  • (very thin or transparent): diaphanous, see-through, thin
  • (pure, unmixed): pure, undiluted
  • (downright, complete): downright, mere (obsolete), pure, unmitigated
  • (straight up and down): perpendicular, steep, vertical
Derived terms
  • sheerly
  • sheerness
  • sheer-to-waist


sheer (comparative more sheer, superlative most sheer)

  1. (archaic) Clean; quite; at once.


sheer (plural sheers)

  1. A sheer curtain or fabric.

Etymology 2

Perhaps from Dutch scheren (to move aside, skim); see also shear.


sheer (plural sheers)

  1. (nautical) The curve of the main deck or gunwale from bow to stern.
  2. (nautical) An abrupt swerve from the course of a ship.


sheer (third-person singular simple present sheers, present participle sheering, simple past and past participle sheered)

  1. (chiefly nautical) To swerve from a course.
  2. (obsolete) To shear.
    • So thick, our navy scarce could sheer their way

Further reading

  • sheer at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “sheer”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.



  • Esher, Herse, Rhees, Shere, heers, here’s, heres, herse



  • IPA(key): [ʃeːɾ]


sheer (plural sheerisho)

  1. lion


Sadaf Munshi (2015), “Word Lists”, in Burushaski Language Documentation Project[5].

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of shere

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