Such Definition

Of the same or a similar kind; like.
Pens, pencils, crayons, and such supplies.
Webster's New World
Of the kind mentioned or implied.
A man such as his father.
Webster's New World
Certain but not specified; whatever.
At such time as you go.
Webster's New World
Of a degree or quality indicated.
Their anxiety was such that they could not sleep.
American Heritage
Of so extreme a degree or quality.
Never dreamed of such wealth.
American Heritage
To so great a degree; so.
Such good news.
Webster's New World
Very; especially.
She has been in such poor health lately.
American Heritage
Other persons or things of the kind mentioned.
A buffet of soup, appetizers, and such.
Webster's New World
Itself alone or within itself.
Money as such will seldom bring total happiness.
American Heritage
The person or thing mentioned or implied.
Such was her nature.
Webster's New World
Similar things or people; the like.
Pins, needles, and such.
American Heritage
(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.

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Such

Origin of Such

  • 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 sölk, sulk, suk (“such"), German solch (“such"), Danish slig (“like that, such"), Swedish slik (“such"), Icelandic slíkur (“such"). More at so, like.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English swylc swo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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