foremost, going before all others; chief, principal, also (though rarely) as an adverb, at first, originally, superlative offore; from Proto-Germanicforemost (source also of Old Saxon, from root*per-(1) forward, hence in front of, before, first, chief.
The usual Old English superlative word was notfyrst, butforma, which shows more clearly the connection tofore.Formabecame Middle Englishfirmefirst, earliest, but this has not survived.
First aidis that given at the scene, pending the arrival of a doctor.First ladyas an informal title for the wife of a U.S. president was in use by 1908, short forFirst lady of the land(by 1863 with reference to the presidents wife); the earlier title was simplyLady(1841).First nameis attested from mid-13c.First basea start in any sense (1938) is a figurative use from baseball.
First fruitsis from late 14c. as earliest productions of the soil; 1590s as first results of any activity or endeavor.First loveis from 1741 as ones first experience of romantic love; 1971 as ones favorite occupation or pastime.First flooris from 1660s as story built on or just above the ground (now U.S.); 1865 as story built next above the ground.
1560s, that which is first, fromfirst(adj.). Meaning first day of the month is by 1590s. In music, instrument or voice that takes the highest or chief part of its class, 1774. From 1909 as the name of the lowest gear in an engine. In British schools colloquial use, highest rank in an examination, 1850.
Old Englishfore(prep.) before, in front of, in presence of; because of, for the sake of; earlier in time; instead of; as an adverb, before, previously, formerly, once, from Proto-Germanic*furabefore (source also of Old Saxonfora, Old Frisianfara, Old High Germanfora, Germanvor, Danishfor, Old Norsefyrr, Gothicfaiurafor), from PIE*prae-, extended form of root*per-(1) forward, hence in front of, before.
Now displaced bybefore. In nautical use, toward the bows of the ship. Merged from 13c. with the abbreviated forms ofaforeandbeforeand thus formerly often writtenfore. As a noun, the front, from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction ofbefore.
Proto-Indo-European root forming prepositions, etc., meaning forward, and, by extension, in front of, before, first, chief, toward, near, against, etc.
It forms all or part of:affordapproachappropriateapproveapproximatebarbicanbeforedepriveexpropriatefarfirstforfor-forefore-forefatherforemostformer(adj.);forthframefraufretFreyafrofrowardfromfurnishfurniturefurthergalorehysteron-proteronimperviousimprobityimpromptuimprovepalfreypar(prep.);para-(1) alongside, beyond; altered; contrary; irregular, abnormal;paradisepardonparamountparamourparvenupellucidperper-percentpercussionperennialperestroikaperfectperfidyperformperfumeperfunctoryperhapsperi-perishperjurypermanentpermeatepermitperniciousperpendicularperpetualperplexpersecutepersevereperspectiveperspirepersuasionpertainperusepervadepervertpierceportraypostprandialprae-Prakritpre-premierpresbyterPresbyterianpreteritepridepriestprimalprimaryprimateprimaveraprimeprimevalprimitiveprimoprimogenitorprimogenitureprimordialprimusprinceprincipalprinciplepriorpristineprivateprivilegeprivypro(n.2) a consideration or argument in favor;pro-probablyprobeprobityproblemproceedproclaimprodigalproduceprofaneprofessprofileprofitprofoundprofuseprojectpromisepromptproneproofproperpropertypropinquityprophetproseprostateprosthesisprotagonistProteanprotectproteinProterozoicprotestproto-protocolprotonprotoplasmProtozoaproudproveproverbprovideprovokeprowprowessproximatePuranapurchasepurdahreciprocalrapprochementreproachreproveveneer.
It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Sanskritpariaround, about, through,parahfarther, remote, ulterior,puraformerly, before,pra-before, forward, forth; Avestanpairi-around,parobefore; Hittiteparaoutside of, Greekperiaround, about, near, beyond,peraacross, beyond,parosbefore,parafrom beside, beyond,probefore; Latinprobefore, for, on behalf of, instead of,porroforward,praebefore,perthrough; Old Church Slavonicpra-dedugreat-grandfather; Russianpere-through; Lithuanianperthrough; Old Irishirefarther,roarenough; Gothicfaurabefore, Old Englishfore(prep.) before, in front of, (adv.) before, previously,framforward, from,feorto a great distance, long ago; Germanvorbefore, in front of; Old Irishair-Gothicfair-, Germanver-, Old Englishfer-, intensive prefixes.
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