Originally Posted by MonoVCPHG
It's a matter of how each person defines intimate.
While I often make idiosyncratic use of words, I do so with a particular intent, and with full knowledge that words don't simply mean whatever we choose them to mean, willy nilly. If we use "left" to mean "right" and right to mean "left", and mix up North, South, East and West, we're likely to be running into difficulty being understood.
Most dictionaries favor a sense of the word "intimate" which includes non-sexual kinds of intimacy, such as "deep friendship," and that's good enough for me. And it's important to honor these non-sexual usages of the term, because there's a heap of difference between a casual "buddy" and a truly intimate friend.