- a suffix forming the superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs: warmest; fastest; soonest.
Origin of -est1
Middle English; Old English -est, -ost. Compare Greek -isto-
- a native English suffix formerly used to form the second person singular indicative of verbs: knowest; sayest; goest.
Origin of -est2
Middle English; Old English -est, -ast, -st, 2nd person singular present indicative endings of some verbs (-s earlier verbal ending + -t, by assimilation from thū thou1) and 2nd person singular past endings of weak verbs (earlier -es + -t)
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- forming the superlative degree of adjectives and adverbsshortest; fastest
Old English -est, -ost
- forming the archaic second person singular present and past indicative tense of verbsthou goest; thou hadst
Old English -est, -ast
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