first

[ furst ]
/ fɜrst /

adjective

adverb

noun

Idioms for first

Origin of first

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fyr(e)st (see fore1, -est1); cognate with German Fürst prince

OTHER WORDS FROM first

first·ness, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for first off

first
/ (fɜːst) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

noun

adverb

See also firsts

Word Origin for first

Old English fyrest; related to Old Saxon furist, Old Norse fyrstr, German Fürst prince, one who is first in rank
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Medicine definitions for first off

first
[ fûrst ]

adj.

Coming before all others in order or location.
Occurring or acting before all others in time; earliest.
Being the innermost digit, especially on a foot.

Other words from first

first n.
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Idioms and Phrases with first off (1 of 2)

first off

From the start, immediately. For example, He said to wash the car first off, or Why wasn't she told first off? [Colloquial; late 1800s] Also see under first and foremost; first thing.

Idioms and Phrases with first off (2 of 2)

first

In addition to the idioms beginning with first

  • first and foremost
  • first and last
  • first blush
  • first come, first served
  • first cousin
  • first hand
  • first of all
  • first off
  • first thing
  • first things first

also see:

  • at first
  • at first blush
  • at first hand
  • cast the first stone
  • get to first base
  • if at first you don't succeed
  • in the first place
  • in the (first) flush of
  • love at first sight
  • not know beans (the first thing)
  • of the first water
  • on a first-name basis
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