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 firmer
The collection initiative was suspended, while the government looked for ways to place it on a firmer legal foundation.
And our global leadership is on firmer footing than many predicted.
I continue to believe that whenever we can codify something through legislation, it is on firmer ground.
The result was a firmer texture that somehow kept its shape, rather than liquefying.
That is why it proposes holding off even modest restraint measures until the economy is on firmer ground.
If things take the better turn, our condition will be surer and firmer than it was before.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
The purer the motive the purer the Will, and in very truth the purer the stronger, or firmer.The Mystic Will|Charles Godfrey Leland
She takes a firmer hold, turns with it, and hastens back into her hiding place.Grim: The Story of a Pike|Svend Fleuron
The plant, like several others, is able to throw out fresh roots from the joints of its stems, and these give it a firmer hold.Wildflowers of the Farm|Arthur Owens Cooke
He felt the necessity of gaining a firmer footing, and turned towards the road by the shortest secant line.The Man in the Iron Mask|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
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.)).