firstly says it is an adverb and an alternative to first, but there's no adverb entry here
- That’s because first is both an adjective and its own adverb. Example of adverbial usage: If you’re coming over, call first. I first visited Canada in 1990. The word firstly, although an adverb and a derivation of first, is a separate word and is not a regular adverb of first. —Stephen 19:58, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
- I think then that Stephen, you agree, with whoever wrote the first note, and provided nice examples of first used as adverb. Or, do you have have in mind a use of first as simultaneously adjective and adverb and neglected to provide an example? I do think an adverb section is warranted. Makearney 17:59, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
etymology of First.
It would seem to me that first comes from fore+-est meaning that it is, essentially, the foremost. Other words have similar origins; near was once nigher. The German equivalent is erst seemingly from eher (before) and -est, superlative. Perhaps this word evolved a long time ago in the germanic languages, but I have looked around and seen no ultimate origin of first. I will, of course, not stick this in the article as the etymology as it is only my own musing.
Here is a website that agrees: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=first&searchmode=none.
- www.etymonline.com is a very reputable etymology site that can be trusted. —Stephen 16:21, 18 March 2009 (UTC)