first

[ furst ]
/ fɜrst /

adjective

adverb

noun

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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 thing

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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Medical definitions for first thing

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 thing (1 of 2)

first thing

Before anything else; without delay. For example, Tom was supposed to call him first thing in the morning. [Late 1500s] Also see under first and foremost; first off.

Idioms and Phrases with first thing (2 of 2)

first

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