foremost

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English formest, fyrmest (earliest, first, most prominent), from Proto-Germanic *frumistaz, from the locative stem *fur-, fr- + the superlative suffix *-umistaz. The suffix *-umistaz was a compound suffix, created from the rarer comparative suffix *-umô (as in Old English fruma) + the regular superlative suffix *-istaz (English -est). Cognate with Old Frisian formest, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌿𐌼𐌹𐍃𐍄𐍃 (frumists). See for, first and Old English fruma for more.

The Old English suffix -mest was eventually conflated with the word most through folk etymology, so that it is now interpreted as fore +‎ -most; former was back-formed analogically.

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Adjective[edit]

foremost (not comparable)

  1. first, either in time or in space
  2. of a higher rank or position; paramount
  3. (nautical) closest to the bow

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Adverb[edit]

foremost (not comparable)

  1. in front
  2. prominently forward

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