From Middle English *frist, frest, first, furst, from Old English fyrst, fierst, first (“period, space of time, time, respite, truce”), from Proto-Germanic *fristaz, *fristą (“date, appointed time”), from Proto-Indo-European *pres-, *per- (“forward, forth, over, beyond”). Cognate with North Frisian ferst, frest (“period, time”), German Frist (“period, deadline, term”), Swedish frist (“deadline, respite, reprieve, time-limit”), Icelandic frestur (“period”). See also first.
frist (plural frists)
- (obsolete) A certain space or period of time; respite.
- (Britain dialectal) A delay; respite.
- (Britain dialectal) Credit; trust.
From Middle English *fristen, frysten, fresten, firsten, from Old English *fyrstan (“to defer, delay, put off”), from fyrst, fierst, first (“period, space of time, time, respite, truce”). See Etymology 1. Cognate with Low German versten, German fristen (“to eke out”), Danish friste (“to sustain, support, experience, tempt”), Icelandic fresta (“to delay”).
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To sell (goods) on trust or credit.
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- (Britain dialectal) To grant respite.
- (Britain dialectal) To give a debtor credit or time for payment.
- (transitive, intransitive, Britain dialectal) To defer; postpone.