The Oxford English Dictionary (subscription required or a library card number in the UK) has the following entry for 'very' used as an adjective or an adverb :
Forms: α. Middle English (1500s Scottish) verray (Middle English verrai, verraie, 1500s ... (Show More) Frequency (in current use): Show frequency band information Etymology: < Anglo-Norman verrai, verrey, verai, veray, Old French verai, varai, vrai... (Show More)
I. That is in truth or reality, and related uses; true, faithful.
- Really or truly entitled to the name or designation; possessing the true character of the person or thing named; properly so called or designated; = true adj. 7.
But I was unable to discover if the derivation of 'very' has roots which would link it to 'verily' and 'verity' both of which emphasise truth.
I wondered if 'very' means 'truly', in its original concept.