erst

[urst]

Origin of erst

before 1000; Middle English erest, Old English ǣrest (cognate with Old High German ērist, German erst), equivalent to ǣr ere + -est -est1
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erst

adverb archaic
  1. long ago; formerly
  2. at first

Word Origin for erst

Old English ǣrest earliest, superlative of ǣr early; see ere; related to Old High German ērist, Dutch eerst
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