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Familiar, adj. 1) pertaining to the house and family, attached and serviceable to men: “it is a f. beast to man,” Wiv. I, 1, 21. “good wine is a good f. creature,” Oth. II, 3, 313. “that affable f. ghost which nightly gulls him with intelligence,” Sonn. 86, 9. “now, ye f. spirits,” H6A V, 3, 10 (cf. Familiar, subst.).
2) pertaining to home, domestic, such as to make one feel at home: “that haunted us in our f. paths,” H5 II, 4, 52. “tame and most f. to my nature,” Troil. III, 3, 10. “our names, f. in his mouth as household words,” H5 IV, 3, 52.
3) kind without any constraint: “quenching my f. smile,” Tw. II, 5, 73. “with humble and f. courtesy,” R2 I, 4, 26. “be thou f., but by no means vulgar,” Hml. I, 3, 61.
4) intimate, on friendly terms: “so f.!” Troil. V, 2, 8. Cor. V, 2, 91. Caes. IV, 2, 16. Cymb. I, 4, 112. Followed by “with:” H4B II, 1, 108. II, 2, 115. II, 2, 115 Oth. I, 3, 402. Ant. III, 13, 124. Lr. V, 1, 16.
5) well acquainted: “f. with men's pockets,” H5 III, 2, 51. Rom. III, 3, 6.
6) well known; with “to:” H4B V, 2, 139. H5 III, 7, 40. Cymb. V, 5, 93. Per. III, 2, 34. Without to: “the Gordian knot of it he will unloose, f. as his garter,” H5 I, 1, 47.
7) accustomed, habitual: “I can construe the action of her f. style,” Wiv. I, 3, 51. “'tis my f. sin with maids to seem the lapwing,” Meas. I, 4, 31.
8) of daily occurrence, ordinary, trivial: “let wonder seem f.” Ado V, 4, 70. “to make modern and f., things supernatural and causeless,” All's II, 3, 2. “dreadful objects shall be so f.” Caes. III, 1, 266. “direness, f. to my slaughterous thoughts,” Mcb. V, 5, 14.
9) easy to understand: “by a f. demonstration of the working,” LLL I, 2, 9. “I do not strain at the position, --it is f. -- but at the author's drift,” Troil. III, 3, 113.
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