From Old English ūtemest, from Proto-Germanic *ūt (“out”) + the superlative suffix *-umistaz, stem ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *úd (“upwards, away”). 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); *-umô in turn is from Proto-Indo-European *-mHo-.
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utmost (not comparable)
- Situated at the most distant limit; farthest.
- 1644 October 21, John Evelyn, “[Diary entry for 11 October 1644 (Julian calendar)]”, in William Bray, editor, Memoirs, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, […] , volume I, 2nd edition, London: Henry Colburn, […], published 1819, OCLC 976971842:
- We coasted within two leagues of Antibes, which is the utmost town in France.
- 1633, George Herbert, The Church
- Betwixt two thieves I spend my utmost breath.
- the utmost limits of the land; the utmost extent of human knowledge
- The most extreme; ultimate; greatest.
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- Where he shall answer by a lawful form, In peace to his utmost peril.
- 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 236d.
- Indeed at this very moment he's slipped away with the utmost cunning into a form that's most perplexing to investigate.
- the utmost assiduity; the utmost harmony; the utmost misery or happiness
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- Maximum; greatest possible amount or quantity.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
- Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.