Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Used to form the superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs: greatest; earliest.
  • suffix Used to form the archaic second person singular of English verbs: comest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Used to form the superlative of adjectives and adverbs.
  • suffix Used to form the second-person singular present tense of verbs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix used to form the superlative of adjectives and adverbs

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English -est, -ast, -ost.
Middle English, from Old English -est, -ast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Cognate with Dutch -st. (Wiktionary)
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