Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A certain space or period of time; respite.
  • n. A delay; respite.
  • n. Credit; trust.
  • v. To sell (goods) on trust or credit.
  • v. To grant respite.
  • v. To give a debtor credit or time for payment.
  • v. To defer; postpone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To sell upon credit, as goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sell upon credit, as goods.
  • n. A certain space of time; respite.

Etymologies

From Middle English *frist, frest, first, furst, from Old English fyrst, fierst, first ("period, space of time, time, respite, truce"), from Proto-Germanic *fristaz, *fristan (“date, appointed time”), from Proto-Indo-European *pres-, *per- (“forward, forth, over, beyond”). Cognate with North Frisian ferst, frest ("period, time"), German Frist ("period, deadline, term"), Swedish frist ("deadline, respite, reprieve, time-limit"), Icelandic frestur ("period"). See also first. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *fristen, frysten, fresten, firsten, from Old English *fyrstan ("to defer, delay, put off"), from fyrst, fierst, first ("period, space of time, time, respite, truce"). See Etymology 1. Cognate with Low German versten, German fristen ("to eke out"), Danish friste ("to sustain, support, experience, tempt"), Icelandic fresta ("to delay"). (Wiktionary)

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