English - Etymology
From Middle English verray, verrai (“true”), from Old French verai (“true”) (Modern French: vrai), from assumed Vulgar Latin *vērācus, alteration of Latin vērāx (“truthful”), from Latin vērus (“true”), from Proto-Indo-European *wēr- (“true, benevolent”). Cognate with Old English wǣr (“true, correct”), Dutch waar (“true”), German wahr (“true”), Icelandic alvöru (“earnest”). Displaced native Middle English sore, sār (“very”) (from Old English sār (“grievous, extreme”) (Compare German: sehr, Dutch: zeer), Middle English wel (“very”) (from Old English wel (“well, very”)), and Middle English swith (“quickly; very”) (from Old English swīþe (“very”). More at warlock.
English - Pronunciation
English - Adjective
True, real, actual.
- Bible, Genesis xxvii. 21
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter III:
- Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
The same; identical.
- He proposed marriage in the same restaurant, at the very table where they first met. That's the very tool that I need.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors. It seemed so unjust. Looking back, I recollect she had very beautiful brown eyes.
- With limiting effect: mere.
English - Adverb
To a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly.
- 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter II:
- True, truly.