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[suhch] /sʌtʃ/
of the kind, character, degree, extent, etc., of that or those indicated or implied:
Such a man is dangerous.
of that particular kind or character:
The food, such as it was, was plentiful.
like or similar:
tea, coffee, and such commodities.
(used with omission of an indication of comparison) of so extreme a kind; so great, good, bad, etc.:
He is such a liar.
being as stated or indicated:
Such is the case.
being the person or thing or the persons or things indicated:
If any member be behind in his dues, such member shall be suspended.
definite but not specified; such and such:
Allow such an amount for food and such an amount for rent.
so; very; to such a degree:
such pleasant people.
in such a way or manner.
such a person or thing or such persons or things:
kings, princes, and such.
someone or something indicated or exemplified:
He claims to be a friend but is not such.
as such. as1 (def 28).
such as,
  1. of the kind specified:
    A plan such as you propose will never succeed.
  2. for example:
    He considers quiet pastimes, such as reading and chess, a bore.
Origin of such
before 900; Middle English such, swulch, suilch, Old English swilc, swelc < Germanic *swa so1 + *līko- like1; cognate with German solch, Old Norse slīkr, Gothic swaleiks Unabridged
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  • Now you and sis never get up with any such light poetic notion as that.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But if she had any such thing I'm sure it was ended, and she'd have jumped at this chance a year ago.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • My very blood boiled in my veins, that such an one as he could give me pain.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "such an edict was passed because Athens is not a republic," replied Philæmon.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He is aged for such a journey, if you came from the Forest since morn.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for such


determiner often foll by a corresponding subordinate clause introduced by that or as
  1. of the sort specified or understood: such books shouldn't be sold here
  2. (as pronoun): such is life, robbers, rapists, and such
so great; so much: such a help, I've never seen such weeping
as such
  1. in the capacity previously specified or understood: a judge as such hasn't so much power
  2. in itself or themselves: intelligence as such can't guarantee success
such and such, specific, but not known or named: at such and such a time
such as
  1. for example: animals, such as elephants and tigers
  2. of a similar kind as; like: people such as your friend John make me angry
  3. of the (usually small) amount, etc: the food, such as there was, was excellent
such that, so that: used to express purpose or result: power such that it was effortless
(intensifier): such nice people, such a nice person that I gave him a present
Word Origin
Old English swilc; related to Old Frisian sālik, Old Norse slīkr, Gothic swaleiks, Old High German sulih
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Word Origin and History for such

Old English swylc, swilc from a Proto-Germanic compound *swalikaz "so formed" (cf. Old Saxon sulik, Old Norse slikr, Old Frisian selik, Middle Dutch selc, Dutch zulk, Old High German sulih, German solch, Gothic swaleiks), from swa "so" (see so) + *likan "form," source of Old English gelic "similar" (see like). Colloquial suchlike (early 15c.) is pleonastic.

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