Nearby words

  1. firing party,
  2. firing pin,
  3. firing range,
  4. firing squad,
  5. firkin,
  6. firmament,
  7. firmamental,
  8. firman,
  9. firmer chisel,
  10. firmer gouge

Origin of firm

1
1300–50; < Latin firmus; replacing Middle English ferm < Middle French < Latin

SYNONYMS FOR firm
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.

Related formsfirm·ly, adverbfirm·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for firmed

firm

1
/ (fɜːm) /

adjective

adverb

in a secure, stable, or unyielding mannerhe stood firm over his obligation to pay

verb

(sometimes foll by up) to make or become firm
(intr) Australian horse racing (of a horse) to shorten in odds
Derived Formsfirmly, adverbfirmness, noun

Word Origin for firm

C14: from Latin firmus

firm

2
/ (fɜːm) /

noun

a business partnership
any commercial enterprise
a team of doctors and their assistants
British slang
  1. a gang of criminals
  2. a gang of football hooligans

Word Origin for firm

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
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