earst

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

earst (not comparable)

  1. obsolete spelling of erst
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1921),[1] Book I:
      So th' one for wrong, the other strives for right, And each to deadly shame would drive his foe: The cruell steele so greedily doth bight 75 In tender flesh that streames of bloud down flow, With which the armes, that earst so bright did show, Into a pure vermillion now are dyde: Great ruth in all the gazers harts did grow, Seeing the gored woundes to gape so wyde, 80 That victory they dare not wish to either side.

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Germanic; compare Dutch eerst, German and archaic English erst

Adverb[edit]

earst

  1. firstly, at first

Adjective[edit]

earst (infl. earste)

  1. first