(1) Used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
"She was very gifted"
"He played very well"
"A really enjoyable evening"
"I'm real sorry about it"
"A rattling good yarn"
(2) Precisely so
"On the very next page"
"He expected the very opposite"
, from from *veracus, derived from . Cognate to . Akin to , Old Saxon & O.H.G. , Dutch , German .
- The same; identical.
- He proposed marriage in the same restaurant, at the very table where they first met.
- suitable or appropriate
- That's the very tool that I need.
- The very thought of defining this word is off-putting.