very: (slang) a term used in the movie Heathers, a sarcastic, and mocking term, often used on the unsuspecting, often said while rolling one's eyes.

Usage: 1) If someone were to tell me my ex-boyfriend was now dating Natile Portman, instead of outwardly turning green with envy.. I'd just calmly say, "How very.."

2) If someone askes "Does this dress make me look fat?", and the answer is yes.. but you'd rather not say. Just say "It's very", although I don't reccommend the eye rolling, and try take some of the chill out of the normal delivery of the line.

I guess would be considered 80's slang, along the lines of "What's your damage?", rad, totally awesome.

Ver"y (?), a. [Compar. Verier (?); superl. Veriest.] [OE. verai, verray, OF. verai, vrai, F. vrai, (assumed) LL. veracus, for L. verax true, veracious, fr. verus true; akin to OHG. & OS. wAr, G. wahr, D. waar; perhaps originally, that is or exists, and akin to E. was. Cf. Aver, v. t., Veracious, Verdict, Verity.]

True; real; actual; veritable.

Whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
Gen. xxvii. 21.

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Prov. xvii. 9.

The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness.
Milton.

I looked on the consideration of public service or public ornament to be real and very justice.
Burke.

Very is sometimes used to make the word with which it is connected emphatic, and may then be paraphrased by same, self- same, itself, and the like. "The very hand, the very words." Shak. "The very rats instinctively have quit it." Shak. "Yea, there where very desolation dwells." Milton. Very is used occasionally in the comparative degree, and more frequently in the superlative. "Was not my lord the verier wag of the two?" Shak. "The veriest hermit in the nation." Pope. "He had spoken the very truth, and transformed it into the veriest falsehood." Hawthorne.

Very Reverend. See the Note under Reverend.

 

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Ver"y (?), adv.

In a high degree; to no small extent; exceedingly; excessively; extremely; as, a very great mountain; a very bright sum; a very cold day; the river flows very rapidly; he was very much hurt.

 

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Ver"y's, or Ver"y, night signals (?). [After Lieut. Samuel W. Very, who invented the system in 1877.] (Naut.)

A system of signaling in which balls of red and green fire are fired from a pistol, the arrangement in groups denoting numbers having a code significance.

 

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