- superlative form of : most very; truest, most
1851 October 18, Herman Melville, chapter 52, in The Whale, 1st British edition, London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 14262177; Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, 14 November 1851, OCLC 57395299:
- Though in the course of his continual voyagings Ahab must often before have noticed a similar sight, yet, to any monomaniac man, the veriest trifles capriciously carry meanings.
- 1902, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Section III
- If it had come to crawling before Mr. Kurtz, he crawled as much as the veriest savage of them all.
- 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.81:
- He wheeled away down the narrow sandy street like the veriest derelict.