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4 letters words from 'erst'


3 letters words from 'erst'

TES 3 

2 letters words from 'erst'

ER 2ES 2
ET 2RE 2
ST 2TE 2

All 4 letters words made out of erst

erst rest esrt sert rset sret erts rets etrs ters rtes tres estr setr etsr tesr ster tser rste srte rtse trse stre tsre

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Definitions and meaning of erst


Alternative forms

  • arste
  • yerst (dialectal)


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɝst/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɜːst/

Etymology 1

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).


erst (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) First.

Etymology 2

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.


erst (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) First of all, before (some other specified thing).
    • 1567, Arthur Golding, Ovid's Metamorphoses, book 2, line 691:
      Consider what I erst have been and what thou seest me now:
  2. (obsolete) Sooner (than); before.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xxviij, in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
      Thenne he sente the varlet ageyne and bad hym telle Kyng Mark that I wille come as soone as I am hole / for erste I maye doo hym noo good / Thenne Kynge Mark hadde his ansuer / There with came Elyas and badde the Kynge yelde vp the castel
  3. (archaic, poetic) Formerly, once, erstwhile.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 12:
      When lofty trees I see barren of leaves
      Which erst from heat did canopy the herd
  • For quotations using this term, see Citations:erst.
Derived terms
  • erstwhile


  • 'rest, -ster, ERTs, REST, Rest., SERT, rest, rest., rets, tres



See the numeral erster.


  • IPA(key): [ʔeːɐ̯st]



  1. first, at first
  2. only (with progress, accomplishments or the present time)
  3. not until, not for, not before (with reference to a point or period of time in the future)
  4. only, as recently as (with reference to the past)
  5. short for erstmal

Usage notes

  • With reference to time periods and moments, the opposite of erst is schon. Erst emphasizes how long it is until something happens or how recently it has happened, whereas schon how soon in the future or far in the past. Thus:
    erst in drei Wochen = "not for three weeks" [and that seems so far away]
    schon in drei Wochen = "in only three weeks" [and I'm glad I don't have to wait any longer]
  • With reference to progress and the like, erst emphasizes how young or short, while schon emphasizes how old or long. Thus:
    Sie ist erst 28 Jahre alt  = "She's only 28" [and yet she has so many accomplishments/she looks so much older, etc.]
    Sie ist schon 28 Jahre alt = "She's already 28" [but it seems only yesterday that she was a little girl]


  • (1.) zuerst

Related terms

  • erster

Further reading

  • “erst” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Old Frisian


  • IPA(key): /ˈeːrst/, [ˈɛːrst]



  1. Alternative form of ērest


  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN

  • formerly.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)