- IPA: /sʌʧ/, X-SAMPA: /sVtS/
- Rhymes: -ʌtʃ
- a person, a thing, people, or things like the one or ones already mentioned
- 1804, Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, The Tatler, C. Whittingham, John Sharpe, page 315:
- 1988, Miguel Urrutia, Setsuko Yukawa, Economic Development Policies in Resource-rich Countries, page 46:
- 2000, Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen ( ISBN 0312867867 ), page 238:
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 .
Explanation of such by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
Definition of such by GCIDE Dictionary