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firth

[furth]
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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a long, narrow indentation of the seacoast.
Also frith.

Origin of firth

1400–50; late Middle English (Scots) < Old Norse firth-, stem of fjǫrthr fjord

Firth

[furth]
noun
  1. John Rupert,1890–1960, English linguist.
Related formsFirth·i·an, adjective
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  • I 'low He meant me t' take the firth man that come, an' be content.

  • Firth let himself be interrupted to hear the case: but he could do nothing in it.

    The Crofton Boys

    Harriet Martineau

  • It often happened that Firth and Hugh met at this tree; and it happened now.

    The Crofton Boys

    Harriet Martineau

  • Firth did; and he was the right person, as he was one of the strongest.

    The Crofton Boys

    Harriet Martineau

  • There was room for both; and Firth mounted, and read for some time.

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    Harriet Martineau


British Dictionary definitions for firth

firth

frith

noun
  1. a relatively narrow inlet of the sea, esp in Scotland

Word Origin

C15: from Old Norse fjörthr fiord
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Word Origin and History for firth

n.

"arm of the sea, estuary of a river," early 15c., Scottish, from Old Norse fjörðr (see fjord).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

firth in Science

firth

[fûrth]
  1. A long, narrow inlet of the sea. Firths are usually the lower part of an estuary, but are sometimes fjords.
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