[adjective furst-neym; verb furst-neym]


of or relating to one's first, or given, name; familiar; intimate: They were on a first-name basis soon after meeting.

verb (used with object), first-named, first-nam·ing.

to address (someone) by his or her first name, especially as a sign of informality or familiarity: The boss doesn't like the employees to first-name her.

first name


Origin of first name

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for first-name


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Historical Examples of first-name

  • They had dropped formality and were on a first-name basis now.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • It seemed unlikely that necktie drummers would be on terms of first-name intimacy with Shakespeare.

    Why Joan?

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly

  • "Doan' go so fas', Hoo," called Mr. Lum, for they had long since reached the first-name stage.

  • Why, then, are you on first-name terms with everyone in the scientific group except me?

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for first-name

first name


a name given to a person at birth, as opposed to a surnameAlso called: Christian name, forename, given name
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