From Old English formest, fyrmest (“earliest, first, most prominent”), from the Proto-Germanic superlative *formo- (related to Old English fruma (“beginning”)), with the additional superlative suffix -est. Compare Old Saxon formo (“first”), Old High German fruma (“advantage”), cf. Old Frisian formest, Gothic frumists; compare also Latin prīmus as an Indo-European cognate. Corresponds to fore + -most. See also first.
- first, either in time or in space
- of a higher rank or position; paramount
- (nautical) closest to the bow