American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation.
- n. A formal act of civility, courtesy, or respect.
- n. Good wishes; regards: Extend my compliments to your parents. See Usage Note at complement.
- v. To pay a compliment to.
- v. To show fondness, regard, or respect for by giving a gift or performing a favor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard: as, the compliments of the season; to present one's compliments.
- n. An expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: as, he paid you a high compliment within my hearing.
- n. Flattery; polite, especially insincere, praise or commendation.
- n. A present or favor bestowed; a gift.
- To pay a compliment to; flatter or gratify by expressions of approbation, admiration, esteem, or respect, or by acts implying these feelings: as, to compliment a man on his personal appearance.
- To give complimentary congratulations to; felicitate: as, to compliment a prince on the birth of a son.
- To manifest kindness or regard for by a gift or other favor: as, he complimented us with tickets for the exhibition. Synonyms To praise, commend.
- To pass compliments; use ceremony or ceremonious language.
- n. An expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement, or respect.
- n. uncountable Complimentary language; courtesy, flattery.
- n. common misspelling of complement.
- v. intransitive To pay a compliment; to express a favorable opinion.
- v. common misspelling of complement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An expression, by word or act, of approbation, regard, confidence, civility, or admiration; a flattering speech or attention; a ceremonious greeting.
- v. To praise, flatter, or gratify, by expressions of approbation, respect, or congratulation; to make or pay a compliment to.
- v. To pass compliments; to use conventional expressions of respect.
- v. say something to someone that expresses praise
- n. a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
- v. express respect or esteem for
- From French, from Italian complimento, from Vulgar Latin complire, from Latin complere (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian complimento, from Spanish cumplimiento, from cumplir, to complete, from Latin complēre, to fill up : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + plēre, to fill; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Now, that is what I call a compliment worth having.”
“That's what I call a compliment worth having," said Byles Gridley to himself, when he got home.”
“LOL ... yeah, my favorite "compliment" is "That was pretty good", complete with the shoulder shrug.”
“What begins as a compliment is quickly met with, "And what do I look like most days?”
“I also received that compliment from a little girl.”
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“Side note: I feel like Michael's biggest compliment is "elegant" and his favorite dis is "costumey.”
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