(semantics) A word which has the opposite meaning of another, although not necessarily in all its senses.
"rich" is an antonym of "poor"; "full" is an antonym of "empty".
A word that is opposite in meaning to another word.
“sad” is an antonym of “happy”
A word having a meaning opposite to that of another word.
The word “wet” is an antonym of the word “dry.”
The definition of antonyms are words that have contrasting meanings.
An example of antonyms are light and dark.
Origin of antonym
- ant(i)– –onym
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- circa 1870: ant- + -onym