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Meaning of such by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English such, swuch, swulch, from Old English swylc, swilc, swelc ( “such” ), from Proto-Germanic *swalīkaz ( “so formed, so like” ). Cognate with Low German sölk, sulk, suk ( “such” ), Dutch zulk ( “such” ), German solch ( “such” ), Danish slig ( “like that, such” ), Icelandic slíkur ( “such” ). More at so, like .


    • IPA: /sʌʧ/, X-SAMPA: /sVtS/
    • Rhymes: -ʌtʃ


    such ( comparative more such, superlative most such )

    1. like this, that, these, those; Used to make a comparison with something implied by context .
      I’ve never seen such clouds in the sky before .
      Such is life .
    2. Used as an intensifier; roughly equivalent to very much of .
      The party was such a bore .



    1. a person, a thing, people, or things like the one or ones already mentioned



Explanation of such by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to so extreme a degree

    2. he is such a baby
      Such rich people!
    1. of so extreme a degree or extent

    2. such weeping
      such a help
      such grief
      never dreamed of such beauty

    Definition of such by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Such a. [OE. such, sich, sech, sik, swich, swilch, swulch, swilc, swulc, AS. swelc, swilc, swylc; akin to OFries. selik, D. zulk, OS. sulic, OHG. sulih, solih, G. solch, Icel. slīkr, OSw. salik, Sw. slik, Dan. slig, Goth. swaleiks; originally meaning, so shaped. √192. See So, Like, a., and cf. Which.]
      1. Of that kind; of the like kind; like; resembling; similar; as, “we never saw such a day”; -- followed by that or as introducing the word or proposition which defines the similarity, or the standard of comparison; as, “the books are not such that I can recommend them, or, not such as I can recommend; these apples are not such as those we saw yesterday; give your children such precepts as tend to make them better”.

      And in his time such a conqueror

      That greater was there none under the sun. Chaucer.

      His misery was such that none of the bystanders could refrain from weeping. Macaulay.

      ☞ The indefinite article a or an never precedes such, but is placed between it and the noun to which it refers; as, such a man; such an honor. The indefinite adjective some, several, one, few, many, all, etc., precede such; as, one such book is enough; all such people ought to be avoided; few such ideas were then held.

      2. Having the particular quality or character specified.

      That thou art happy, owe to God;

      That thou continuest such, owe to thyself. Milton.

      3. The same that; -- with as; as, “this was the state of the kingdom at such time as the enemy landed”. “[It] hath such senses as we have.” Shak.

      4. Certain; -- representing the object as already particularized in terms which are not mentioned.

      In rushed one and tells him such a knight

      Is new arrived. Daniel.

      To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year. James iv. 13.

      ☞ Such is used pronominally. “He was the father of such as dwell in tents.” Gen. iv. 20. “Such as I are free in spirit when our limbs are chained.” Sir W. Scott. Such is also used before adjectives joined to substantives; as, the fleet encountered such a terrible storm that it put back. “Everything was managed with so much care, and such excellent order was observed.” De Foe.

      Temple sprung from a family which . . . long after his death produced so many eminent men, and formed such distinguished alliances, that, etc. Macaulay.

      Such is used emphatically, without the correlative.

      Now will he be mocking:

      I shall have such a life. Shak.

      Such was formerly used with numerals in the sense of times as much or as many; as, such ten, or ten times as many.

      Such and such, or Such or such, certain; some; -- used to represent the object indefinitely, as already particularized in one way or another, or as being of one kind or another. “In such and such a place shall be my camp.” 2 Kings vi. 8. “Sovereign authority may enact a law commanding such and such an action.” South. -- Such like or Such character, of the like kind.

      And many other such like things ye do. Mark vii. 8.