former etymology

English word former comes from French forme, Ancient Greek (to 1453) μόρφα, Ancient Greek (to 1453) μόρφη, Ancient Greek (to 1453) μορφή, Proto-Germanic *furistaz (First, foremost.), Proto-Germanic *fr-, Proto-Germanic *fer-, Proto-Germanic *-umô (Forms comparative or superlative adjectives.)

Detailed word origin of former

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
forme French (fra) Form. Shape (geometrical representation). Shape (physical appearance).
μόρφα Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
μόρφη Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
μορφή Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
*furistaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) First, foremost.
*fr- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*fer- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*-umô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Forms comparative or superlative adjectives.
forma Latin (lat) A map. Appearance. Beauty. Shape; figure; form.
*frumô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) First.
forme Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
forma Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) First.
forme Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
former English (eng) First of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.. Previous.

Words with the same origin as former

Descendants of forme
cheese cheeseburger cheesecake cheesy cottage form formal formality format formation formula inform informal informant information transform uniform
Descendants of μόρφα
Descendants of μορφή
Descendants of *furistaz
first firsthand
Descendants of *fr-
Descendants of *-umô