очень

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Often interpreted as inherited from Old East Slavic *очьнь (*očĭnĭ) from око (oko, eye); the semantic shift might be "visibly > obviously > prominently > very". The non-productive ending is similar to adverbs like вкривь (vkrivʹ), впрямь (vprjamʹ), встарь (vstarʹ).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈot͡ɕɪnʲ]
  • (file)

Adverb[edit]

о́чень (óčenʹ)

  1. very, much, very much

References[edit]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “очень”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačóv O. N., Moscow: Progress