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
Related Words for firmnessinflexibility, toughness, hardness, durability, soundness, steadiness, steadfastness, determination, solidity, density, resistance, compactness, imperviousness, temper, rigidity, impermeability, inelasticity, impenetrability, tension, strength
Examples from the Web for firmness
Contemporary Examples of firmness
But Obama sought to project a sense of firmness and resolve, again vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.Obama Assails Boston Bombing as ‘Terrorism’
April 16, 2013
“The government shows its firmness against radical Islam,” headlined the left-leaning daily Le Monde last night.France Arrests the Usual Islamist Suspects
April 4, 2012
It broke out in part because of a lack of vigilance and firmness in Washington.The Sins of the First Gulf War
January 22, 2011
But in Washington, the speaker and the House majority were singular in their firmness.Heroine of the Hour
March 21, 2010
The need to manage these tradeoffs suggests, therefore, a U.S. policy of firmness and patience.North Korea's Nuclear Bargain
Richard C. Bush
May 26, 2009
Historical Examples of firmness
To that end we will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness of resolve.
His firmness prevailed, and the Sultan agreed to take what he offered.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
He had not now the advantage of Russell's firmness to support him in this emergency.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
The Abb was pleased with the idea, and with the frankness and firmness of our young hero.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
As to the firmness she had no fears; it was the dignity she was anxious about.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
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.)).