American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Scots A long, narrow inlet of the sea.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geog.) An arm of the sea; a frith.
- n. English linguist who contributed to linguistic semantics and to prosodic phonology and who was noted for his insistence on studying both sound and meaning in context (1890-1960)
- n. a long narrow estuary (especially in Scotland)
- From Old Norse fjǫrðr; cognate to fjord, and more distantly ford. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English furth, from Old Norse fjördhr; see per-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The problem with this back-and-firth is that it doesn’t really address the issues at hand.”
“We all embarked in the barge and crossed over the firth, which is in this place nearly a mile broad, to Castro Pol, the first town in the Asturias.”
“A firth is a Lowland word for coastal waters such as a bay, an inlet or a strait.”
“And from every point on the coast you may get, if the weather is fine which cannot be guaranteed rapturous views across the firth to the Isle of May, with its Stevenson lighthouse.”
“So it was plan B and to the sea where eventually we ended up in the hide on the south side of this extensive firth on the east coast.”
“And what is he really doing at firth? full “report” coming soon.”
“Closest to a firth: Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Caledonian Stadium takes this one by a mile.”
“Cromarty Rose, the (no joke) two-car ferry goes from Cromarty to Nigg if you can't be bothered to drive all the way round the firth.”
“The swift currents where the river met the narrow waters of the firth were notorious.”
“A driving rain accompanied them along the shores of the smelled but unseen firth.”
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