adjective, still·er, still·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- stiletto heel,
- stilicho, flavius,
- still alarm,
- still and all,
- still frame,
- still hunt,
- still layer
Origin of still1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of still2
Examples from the Web for still
Many young people are still shedding the ignorance of our parents.
Drugeon survived an airstrike last year and is believed to be still at large, officials have said.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That fantasy, however, is still heavily regimented by all sorts of norms.
I still do find it a tremendously useful device to invent a character and have the character sing the song.
One of the other cops fired three times and those who were still able to give chase did.
Still I cannot see that this at all explains the expression of a "cock-and-bull story."
Still, this is nothing more than what its geographical position leads us to expect.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man|Robert Gordon Latham
The door was still open, and Kit was still fussing about his desk.Deering of Deal|Latta Griswold
Cedric looked up, frowning, from the list on which he was still engaged.Consequences|E. M. Delafield
"Still you leave me in the dark," Mahommed cried, with a frown.The Prince of India, Volume I|Lew. Wallace
- a still photograph, esp of a scene from a motion-picture film
- (as modifier)a still camera
Word Origin for still
Word Origin for still
Old English stille "motionless, stationary," from West Germanic *steljaz (cf. Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch stille, Dutch stil, Old High German stilli, German still), from root *stel- "fixed, not moving, standing" (see stall (n.1)). Meaning "quiet, silent" emerged in later Old English. Euphemistic for "dead" in stillborn, etc. Still small voice is from KJV:
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. [1 Kings 19:11-13]
"distilling apparatus," 1530s, from Middle English stillen "to distill" (c.1300), a variant of distillen (see distill).
"to calm," Old English stillan, from stille "at rest" (see still (adj.)). Cognate with Old Saxon stillian, Old Norse stilla, Dutch, Old High German, German stillen. Related: Stilled; stilling.
"quietness, the silent part," c.1600 (in still of the night), from still (adj.). Meaning "ordinary photo" (as distinguished from a motion picture) is attested from 1916.
"even now, even then, yet" (e.g. still standing there), 1530s, from still (adj.) in the sense "without change or cessation, continual" (c.1300); the sense of "even, yet" (e.g. still more) is from 1730. Used as a conjunction from 1722.
In addition to the idioms beginning with still
- still and all
- still small voice
- still waters run deep
- heart misses a beat (stands still)
- hold still
- jury is still out
- keep quiet (still)
- quiet (still) as a mouse