- An example of such used as an adjective is the phrase a beautiful woman such as her mother.
- An example of such used as an adjective is the phrase apples, oranges and such fruits.
- of the kind mentioned or implied: a man such as his father
- of the same or a similar kind; like: pens, pencils, crayons, and such supplies
- certain but not specified; whatever: at such time as you go
- so extreme, so much, so great, etc.: used, according to the context, for emphasis: embarrassed by such praise
Origin of suchMiddle English suche from Old English swilc, swelc, akin to German solch, Gothic swaleiks from Proto-Germanic an unverified form swalika-: for components see so and like
- other persons or things of the kind mentioned: a buffet of soup, appetizers, and such
- the person or thing mentioned or implied: such was her nature
- as being what is indicated or suggested
- in itself: a name, as such, means nothing
- for example
- like or similar to (something specified)
such as it is (or was, etc.)
- a. Of this kind: a single parent, one of many such people in the neighborhood.b. Of a kind specified or implied: a boy such as yourself.
- a. Of a degree or quality indicated: Their anxiety was such that they could not sleep.b. Of so extreme a degree or quality: never dreamed of such wealth.
- To so extreme a degree; so: such beautiful flowers; such a funny character.
- Very; especially: She has been in such poor health lately.
- a. Such a person or persons or thing or things: was the mayor and as such presided over the council; expected difficulties, and such occurred.b. Itself alone or within itself: Money as such will seldom bring total happiness.
- Someone or something implied or indicated: Such are the fortunes of war.
- Similar things or people; the like: pins, needles, and such.
Origin of suchMiddle English from Old English swylc ; see swo- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The adjective such is often followed by that when such is used to mean “of a degree or quality indicated,” as in the sentence The demand for Feinberg's specialized services is such that he commands around $200,000 a month when he gets involved in a case. This example was acceptable to 86 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2011 survey. • The Panel does not, however, find the phrase such that to be an acceptable replacement for so that or in such a way that. A mere 22 percent approved of this usage in the sentence The products are packaged such that users can pick the components they need and add capabilities over time. • The phrase as such is often used to emphasize the kind or category that has just been mentioned or to note that a term is being used in a narrow or exact sense: “Prisoners of war did not exist as such in antiquity; generally, defeated combatants were slaughtered or enslaved” Lawrence MalkinSometimes as such occurs at the beginning of a sentence and is used as a connector to the previous sentence when there is no noun in that sentence serving as an antecedent for the word such: Rousseau articulated what he called the general will, which supposedly reflects the true will of all the people. As such, Rousseau is a great defender of democracy. The Usage Panel has little enthusiasm for this construction. In our 2005 survey, 75 percent of the Panel rejected this example, and percentages as great or greater rejected three similar examples.
- (demonstrative) 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.
- (particularly used in formal documents) Any.
- the above address or at such other address as may notify
- Used as an intensifier; roughly equivalent to very much of.
- The party was such a bore.
- A person, a thing, people, or things like the one or ones already mentioned.
From Middle English such, swuch, swulch, from Old English swylc, swilc, swelc (“such"), from Proto-Germanic *swalÄ«kaz (“so formed, so like"), equivalent to so +"Ž -like. Cognate with Scots swilk, sic, sik (“such"), West Frisian suk, sok (“such"), Dutch zulk (“such"), Low German sÃ¶lk, sulk, suk (“such"), German solch (“such"), Danish slig (“like that, such"), Swedish slik (“such"), Icelandic slÃkur (“such"). More at so, like.
- A surname.