Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: Frist



Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *frist, frest, first, furst, from Old English fyrst, fierst, first (period, space of time, time, respite, truce), from Proto-Germanic *fristiz, *frestą (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)

  1. (obsolete) A certain space or period of time; respite.
  2. (Britain dialectal) A delay; respite.
  3. (Britain dialectal) Credit; trust.

Etymology 2[edit]

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).


frist (third-person singular simple present frists, present participle fristing, simple past and past participle fristed)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To sell (goods) on trust or credit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Crabb to this entry?)
  2. (Britain dialectal) To grant respite.
  3. (Britain dialectal) To give a debtor credit or time for payment.
  4. (transitive, intransitive, Britain dialectal) To defer; postpone.
Derived terms[edit]






  1. Superlative form of fris