adjective, firm·er, firm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adverb, firm·er, firm·est.
- firing party,
- firing pin,
- firing range,
- firing squad,
- firmer chisel,
- firmer gouge
Origin of firm1
Examples from the Web for firmed
There had been discussion of several varieties of trees before Kahn died, she explains, but nothing had been firmed up.Inside New York’s New Four Freedoms Park: A Private Tour|Lynn Sherr|September 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He called to appeal—yet another disappointment from journalist dad—I wavered, then firmed.
The crown buds should be in plain sight, after the ground is firmed and leveled, just in sight and no more.
Fine soil should be worked around the roots and firmed with the feet.The Practical Garden-Book|C. E. Hunn
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
But Motauri's mouth had set, his boyish brows had coiled and firmed, and his glance was bright.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
For he was light and agile, firmed by continuous exercise, and an adept at the climbing art.The Firebrand|S. R. Crockett
Word Origin for firm
- a gang of criminals
- a gang of football hooligans
Word Origin for firm
c.1300, fermen "make firm, establish," from Old French fermer (12c.) or directly from Latin firmare, from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Firmed; firming.
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.)).