Erst meaning

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(obs.) At first; originally.
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(archaic) Formerly.
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(obs.) First.
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(obsolete) First.
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(archaic, poetic) Formerly, once, erstwhile.
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Origin of erst

  • Middle English erest from Old English ǣrest ayer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English erste, from Old English ǣresta (“first”), from Proto-Germanic *airistaz (“earliest, first”), equivalent to ere +‎ -est. Cognate with North Frisian eerst, ærst (“first”), West Frisian earst (“first”), Dutch eerste (“first”), German erste (“first”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English erst, arst, erest, from Old English ǣrest (“first, erst, at first, before all”), from Proto-Germanic *airist (“erst”). Cognate with Scots erst (“erst”), Dutch eerst.

    From Wiktionary