1. Innermost; inward; internal; deep-seated; hearty. I knew from intimate impulse.
2. Near; close; direct; thorough; complete. He was honored with an intimate and immediate admission. (South)
3. Close in friendship or acquaintance; familiar; confidential; as, an intimate friend.
Synonym: Familiar, near, friendly, confidential.
Origin: Formerly intime, L. Intimus, a superl. Corresponding to the compar. Interior cf. F. Intime. The form intimate is due to confusion with intimate, v. T. See interior.