Connotative Words: Other Ways to Say Friend

friendHowdy! It’s almost April and you’re surely meeting up with friends, relatives and loved ones to celebrate Spring. But human relationships are complex and some relations grow deeper than others. That’s why our Connotative Words Series episode today will discuss other ways to say friend.

People who are not total strangers, but we wouldn’t turn to in case of trouble, are acquaintances. Among them are our neighbors (UK neighbours) ‑people living nearby‑ our peers or fellows ‑ those equal to us in range, occupation, age, abilities, etc.‑, and our associates and colleagues ‑ people we have deals or work with. Modern life also demands us to have connections people we know who can help us

…But wait! Those aren’t real friends, are they? Not really. We will usually be friendly with them, but little or not at all intimate or close. So, what about those people we care about? Aren’t there any other ways to say friend?

Sure there are! Your closest friend is your chum, buddy, musketeer, compadre, or best mate (although that last one is mainly used in the UK). They’re your alter ego if both share most opinions, feelings and likes. They’re your kindred spirit when they have similar interests and concerns than yours; and they’re your soulmate if they fully understand you as well.

Your very best friend is your boon companion or bosom buddy (also bosom friend,bosom pal).Close friends are called brother, sister, pal, mate (again, mostly in the UK) or amigo. Friends from past battles (especially from the military) are called comrades(or in the UK comrades-in-arms).

A trusted friend you tell your secrets to is your confidant (female confidante). An office spouse or work spouse is an opposite-sex friend from work that you’re close to, but not in a sexual manner.

Our group of friends can be called the gang, the company, the band, the crowd, the boys, the girls, the lads or the guys.

That does it for today. Don’t miss our next post, and visit our homepage for further practice with these and other Connotative Words.

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