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. 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.

Usage examples for primitive

  1. Off goes the father, and that savage mother, in a primitive way, is a wife. – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  2. They were very primitive people in Billingsfield. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford