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.

Nearby words

  1. succuss,
  2. succussion,
  3. succès d'estime,
  4. succès de scandale,
  5. succès fou,
  6. such and such,
  7. such as,
  8. such as it is,
  9. suchlike,
  10. suchness


    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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for such


determiner (often foll by a corresponding subordinate clause introduced by that or as)

  1. of the sort specified or understoodsuch books shouldn't be sold here
  2. (as pronoun)such is life; robbers, rapists, and such
so great; so muchsuch a help; I've never seen such weeping
as such
  1. in the capacity previously specified or understooda judge as such hasn't so much power
  2. in itself or themselvesintelligence as such can't guarantee success
such and such specific, but not known or namedat such and such a time
such as
  1. for exampleanimals, such as elephants and tigers
  2. of a similar kind as; likepeople such as your friend John make me angry
  3. of the (usually small) amount, etcthe food, such as there was, was excellent
such that so that: used to express purpose or resultpower such that it was effortless


(intensifier)such nice people; such a nice person that I gave him a present

Word Origin for such

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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