Synonyms for Primitive:


aboriginal (adjective)
all (adjective)
rude, crude.
amateur (adjective)
amateur, incompetent, inexperienced, nonprofessional, novice, unprofessional, unskilled.
antediluvian (adjective)
antique, obsolete, venerable, antiquated.
antiquarian (adjective)
barbarian (adjective)
barbaric, untamed, uncouth.
earliest (adjective)
in the beginning (adjective)
old (adjective)
antiquated, antediluvian, paleolithic, ancient, old, primeval, elderly, archaic, primordial, venerable, antique, aged.
primitive (adjective)
basic, elementary, essential, primeval, old, untaught, unlearned, undomesticated, ignorant, fierce, rude, underlying, untamed, untrained, uncultured, simple, uncivilized, primordial, rudimentary, animal, savage, first, underdeveloped, archaic, untutored, barbarous, barbarian, fundamental, early, wild, uncultivated.
simple (adjective)
first, fundamental, rudimentary, embryonic.
unenlightened (adjective)
untamed (adjective)


canvas, abstract, collage, caricature, cartoon, diptych, daub, aquatint, bas relief, doodle. by accident, random, unintended, involuntary, start, accidental, impromptu, instinctive, coincidental, spontaneous, arbitrary. underlying, civilise, essential, the community, elementary, fundamental, cross-cultural, civilization, advanced, ultimate, civilize, cultural, elemental, basic, civil society, civilisation, surface, civilized. caveman, ammonite, fossilize, era, fossil, Cro-Magnon man, fossilized, carboniferous, the Dreamtime, the Cretaceous. commonplace, knowledge, everyday, mundane, ignorant, backward, benighted, routine, normal, unremarkable, unexceptional, ordinary, standard, nondescript. unpolished, cracker, good, coon, eskimo, black, coloured, coolie, colored, dago, canuck. barbarous, wild, barbarian, culture, savage, uncultured, uncivilized, barbaric, uncultivated. ancient (noun)
archaic, antediluvian, old, primordial, primeval.
artists (noun)
cartoonist, artist, futurist, classicist, draftsman, impressionist, illustrator, caricaturist, the Bloomsbury Group, the avant-garde.
old fashioned (noun)
dated, low-tech, obsolete, old-time, out, old fashioned, Old World.
person (noun)
primitive person.
primitive (noun)
crude, noncivilised, archaic, early, noncivilized, primitive person, rude, untrained.
simple (noun)
crude, embryonic, first, fundamental, rude, rudimentary, unpolished.
uncivilized (noun)
barbaric, simple, wild, untamed, barbarian, animal, green, unlearned, fierce, untaught, uncultured, barbarous, undomesticated, savage, untutored, uncivilized, uncouth, underdeveloped, gothic, ignorant.

Other synonyms:

early, uncultured, benighted, fierce, old fashioned, elemental. elementary, uncultivated, underlying, basic. unpolished, ultimate. ignorant, essential. backward. barbarous
old fashioned
dated, fossilized, low-tech, obsolete, old-time, out, Old World.
barbarian, wild, barbarous.
Other relevant words:
benighted, ultimate, primitive person, savage, obsolete, noncivilised, rude, first, underdeveloped, barbarian, embryonic, barbarous, wild, uncouth, fierce, backward, underlying, barbaric, green, untamed, fossilized, simple, fossil, elemental, elementary, dated, basic, old fashioned, uncivilized, unpolished, crude, early, undomesticated, noncivilized, fundamental, caveman, untrained, rudimentary, essential, untutored, gothic, uncultivated, unlearned, animal, uncultured, ignorant, low-tech, untaught.

Usage examples for primitive

  1. Oh, we'll rough it more or less, but it won't be absolutely primitive not by a long shot!" – The Come Back by Carolyn Wells
  2. Off goes the father, and that savage mother, in a primitive way, is a wife. – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  3. They were very primitive people in Billingsfield. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford