English - Alternative Forms
English - Etymology
From Middle English such, swuch, swulch, from Old English swylc, swilc, swelc (“such”), from Proto-Germanic *swalīkaz (“so formed, so like”), equivalent to so + -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.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /sʌt͡ʃ/
- Rhymes: -ʌtʃ
English - Determiner
- (demonstrative) Like this, that, these, those; used to make a comparison with something implied by context.
- (particularly used in formal documents) Any.
Used as an intensifier; roughly equivalent to very much of.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
English - Pronoun
- A person, a thing, people, or things like the one or ones already mentioned.