- not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid: firm ground; firm texture.
- securely fixed in place.
- not shaking or trembling; steady: a firm voice.
- not likely to change; fixed; settled; unalterable: a firm belief.
- steadfast or unwavering, as persons or principles: firm friends.
- indicating firmness or determination: a firm expression.
- not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.: The stock market was firm today.
- to make firm; tighten or strengthen (sometimes followed by up): to firm up one's hold on something.
- to steady or fix (sometimes followed by up): to firm up prices.
- to become firm or fixed (sometimes followed by up): Butter firms by churning.
- (of prices, markets, etc.) to recover; become stronger, as after a decline (sometimes followed by up): Stock prices firmed again today.
- firmly: He stood firm.
Origin of firm1
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Related Wordsstrongly, thoroughly, rigidly, tightly, soundly, securely, solidly, strictly, stubbornly, resolutely, doggedly, steadfastly, staunchly, persistently, tenaciously, adamantly, decisively, hard, unwaveringly, fast
Examples from the Web for 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
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
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- not soft or yielding to a touch or pressure; rigid; solid
- securely in position; stable or stationary
- definitely established; decided; settled
- enduring or steady; constant
- having determination or strength; resolute
- (of prices, markets, etc) tending to rise
- in a secure, stable, or unyielding mannerhe stood firm over his obligation to pay
- (sometimes foll by up) to make or become firm
- (intr) Australian horse racing (of a horse) to shorten in odds
- a business partnership
- any commercial enterprise
- a team of doctors and their assistants
- British slang
- a gang of criminals
- a gang of football hooligans
Word Origin and History for firmly
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.)).