Synonyms for Sheer:


abrupt, steep (adjective)
upright, precipitous, perpendicular, erect.
absolute (adjective)
altogether, quite, utter.
mere (adjective)
vertical (adjective)
perpendicular, longitudinal, vertical, upright, up and down, erect, steep.


cellular, colorfast, crisp, Breathable, brushed, abrupt, distressed, creased, fibrous. abrupt (noun)
abrupt, precipitous.
sheer (noun)
diaphanous, bold, out-and-out, slue, transparent, right-down, downright, perpendicularly, trend, unmingled, vaporous, slew, swerve, gauzy, gossamer, see through, unmixed, cobwebby, thin, complete, filmy, curve, absolute, cut, plain, pure, bluff, steep, rank, veer.

Other synonyms:

flimsy, quantitative, abrupt, quantifiable, skew. unbalanced, underlying. yaw. complete.

Usage examples for sheer

  1. By sheer force of will I dragged myself back to the present. – The Debit Account by Oliver Onions
  2. Then he turned back to find the sledge and stumbled and groped around in the snow for a long while before he fell upon it by sheer accident. – Bobby of the Labrador by Dillon Wallace
  3. He is unable by sheer force of will to run a hundred yards in ten seconds. – Increasing-Human-Efficiency-in-Business-a-contribution-to-the-psychology-of-business by Scott, Walter Dill