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[furm] /fɜrm/
adjective, firmer, firmest.
not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid:
firm ground; firm texture.
securely fixed in place.
not shaking or trembling; steady:
a firm voice.
not likely to change; fixed; settled; unalterable:
a firm belief.
steadfast or unwavering, as persons or principles:
firm friends.
indicating firmness or determination:
a firm expression.
not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.:
The stock market was firm today.
verb (used with object)
to make firm; tighten or strengthen (sometimes followed by up):
to firm up one's hold on something.
to steady or fix (sometimes followed by up):
to firm up prices.
verb (used without object)
to become firm or fixed (sometimes followed by up):
Butter firms by churning.
(of prices, markets, etc.) to recover; become stronger, as after a decline (sometimes followed by up):
Stock prices firmed again today.
adverb, firmer, firmest.
He stood firm.
Origin of firm1
1300-50; < Latin firmus; replacing Middle English ferm < Middle French < Latin
Related forms
firmly, adverb
firmness, noun
1. Firm, hard, solid, stiff are applied to substances that tend to retain their form unaltered in spite of pressure or force. Firm often implies that something has been brought from a yielding state to a fixed or elastic one: An increased amount of pectin makes jellies firm. Hard is applied to substances so resistant that it is difficult to make any impression upon their surface or to penetrate their interior: as hard as a stone. Solid is applied to substances that without external support retain their form and resist pressure: Water in the form of ice is solid. It sometimes denotes the opposite of hollow: a solid block of marble. Stiff implies rigidity that resists a bending force: as stiff as a poker. 2. fast, stable, immovable. 4. established, confirmed. 5. determined, immovable, staunch, reliable.
1. yielding, soft. Unabridged
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  • After the seeds are sown and covered, the surface should again be firmed by means of a smooth board.

  • Fine soil should be worked around the roots and firmed with the feet.

  • Huge pickles, still smacking of the brine that "firmed" them, are offered in lieu of fresher acids.

  • This handful can be replaced in the bed, packed down, and the soil covered over and firmed again at this point.

  • For he was light and agile, firmed by continuous exercise, and an adept at the climbing art.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • He paused and firmed his mouth until the lips were lost among the puckers gathered round them, a curious glint in his eyes.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • This licence was written vpon a borde whited, and firmed by the iustice, whose charge it is to giue the licence.

  • The curd is firmed more in the whey than for Limburger, and more acid is developed.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for firmed


not soft or yielding to a touch or pressure; rigid; solid
securely in position; stable or stationary
definitely established; decided; settled
enduring or steady; constant
having determination or strength; resolute
(of prices, markets, etc) tending to rise
in a secure, stable, or unyielding manner: he stood firm over his obligation to pay
(sometimes foll by up) to make or become firm
(intransitive) (Austral, horse racing) (of a horse) to shorten in odds
Derived Forms
firmly, adverb
firmness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin firmus


a business partnership
any commercial enterprise
a team of doctors and their assistants
(Brit, slang)
  1. a gang of criminals
  2. a gang of football hooligans
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: signature): from Spanish firma signature, title of a partnership or business concern, from firmar to sign, from Latin firmāre to confirm, from firmus firm
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Word Origin and History for firmed



late 14c., from Old French ferm (12c.) "firm, strong, vigorous, steadfast; loyal, faithful," from Latin firmus "firm, strong, steadfast, enduring, stable," from PIE root *dher- "to hold, support" (cf. Sanskrit dharmah "custom, law," Greek thronos "seat," Lithuanian dirzmas "strong," Welsh dir "hard," Breton dir "steel"). The return in late 1500s to -i- from Middle English ferme was modeled on Latin. Related: Firmly; firmness.


"business house," 1744, from German Firma "a business, name of a business," originally "signature," from Italian firma "signature," from firmare "to sign," from Latin firmare "make firm, affirm," in Late Latin, "confirm (by signature)," from firmus "firm, stable" (see firm (adj.)).


c.1300, fermen "make firm, establish," from Old French fermer (12c.) or directly from Latin firmare, from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Firmed; firming.

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