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From Middle English innermost, innermest, in-nermast, alteration (due to Middle English inner, innere (inner)) of Old English innemest (innermost), equivalent to inner +‎ -most.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɪnɚmoʊst/
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innermost (not comparable)

  1. Farthest inside or towards the center or middle.
    She poured her innermost feelings into her journal.
    • 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
      Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.




innermost (plural innermosts)

  1. That which is innermost; the core.
    • 1977, Michael Spence Lowdell Morris, The Spirit of Michael Webfoot, page 10:
      [] he had decided to not seek outside of himself where companionship and friendliness might be a soothing submergence. It seemed he had instead chosen to turn deeply inwards, towards the measures and pains of his wracked innermosts.