adjective, firm·er, firm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adverb, firm·er, firm·est.
Origin of firm1
Synonyms for firm
Antonyms for firm
Examples from the Web for firmly
Contemporary Examples of firmly
An older and firmly round fellow with a trim beard leaned his head back and fought off tears.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
“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
November 8, 2014
“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
November 6, 2014
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
September 14, 2014
The Persian frontier was the only firmly delineated border, asserted by mountains.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
Historical Examples of firmly
I remonstrated with him mildly but firmly, but only received insolence in return.Brave and Bold
The latter had been blown down; we, however, re-erected it firmly again.Explorations in Australia
By this time his reputation had long been firmly established.De Libris: Prose and Verse
"Never mind about Aunt Judith," interrupted Decatur, firmly.Quaint Courtships
Firmly but gently he took her two wrists and thrust her away from him.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
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.)).