adjective, firm·er, firm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adverb, firm·er, firm·est.
Origin of firm1
SYNONYMS FOR firm
Related formsfirm·ly, adverbfirm·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for firmly
An older and firmly round fellow with a trim beard leaned his head back and fought off tears.
“Hollywood dilutes material to a level I have no interest in, or intention following,” Wiseman says firmly.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery|Tim Teeman|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I firmly and wholeheartedly reject the allegations,” Hawking said from a Cambridge Hospital.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her Majesty is firmly of the view that this is a matter for the people of Scotland.Queen Tells Scots To 'Think Very Carefully' About Independence Vote|Tom Sykes|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Persian frontier was the only firmly delineated border, asserted by mountains.
"I won't go unless you give me a nickel first," he maintained, firmly.The Campfire Girls Go Motoring|Hildegard G. Frey
Drew could not have told whether her "Meredith Barrett" at the bottom of the page was as firmly penned as ever.Ride Proud, Rebel!|Andre Alice Norton
The Compigne road is firmly held, and the disparity of forces is being rapidly reduced.
Be very careful, when dressing for a ball, that the hair is firmly fastened, and the coiffure properly adjusted.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
But when the paint is laid on during cold weather, it hardens in drying, and is firmly set.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
British Dictionary definitions for firmly (1 of 2)
Derived Formsfirmly, adverbfirmness, noun
Word Origin for firm
British Dictionary definitions for firmly (2 of 2)
- a gang of criminals
- a gang of football hooligans