EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Inherited from Middle English former, comparative of forme (first), from Old English forma (first), descended from Proto-Germanic *frumô. Parallel to prior (via Latin), as comparative form from same Proto-Indo-European root. Related to first and fore (thence before), from Proto-Germanic.

AdjectiveEdit

former (comparative form only)

  1. Previous.
    Synonyms: erstwhile, sometime, whilom, wont-to-be; see also Thesaurus:former
    Antonyms: next; see also Thesaurus:subsequent
    A former president;  the former East Germany
    • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate [], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    • 2007, Junius P. Rodriguez, Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World:
      The former-slaves-turned-abolitionists Quobna Ottobah Cugoano and Olaudah Equiano were the chief organizers of the Sons of Africa.
  2. First of aforementioned two items. Used with the, often without a noun.
    Antonym: latter
    The former is a good idea but the latter is not.
    We have two cars, a red one and a blue one. We won the former on a game show.
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Etymology 2Edit

Inherited from Middle English formere; synchronically form +‎ -er.

NounEdit

former (plural formers)

  1. Someone who forms something; a maker; a creator or founder.
    Dave was the former of the company.
  2. An object used to form something, such as a template, gauge, or cutting die.
    The brick arch was built using a wooden former.
  3. (chiefly Britain, used in combinations) Someone in, or of, a certain form (class).
    Fifth-former.
    Sixth-former.
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DanishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): [ˈfɒːmɐ]

NounEdit

former c

  1. indefinite plural of form

Etymology 2Edit

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): [ˈfɒːmɐ]

VerbEdit

former

  1. present of forme

Etymology 3Edit

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): [fʌˈmeɐ̯ˀ]

VerbEdit

former or formér

  1. imperative of formere

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French, borrowed from Latin fōrmō (to form).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

former

  1. to form (generic sense)
  2. to shape (to make into a certain shape)
  3. to train; to educate

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

fōrmer

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of fōrmō

Norwegian BokmålEdit

NounEdit

former m or f

  1. indefinite plural of form

VerbEdit

former

  1. present of forme

Norwegian NynorskEdit

NounEdit

former f

  1. indefinite plural of form

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

former

  1. indefinite plural of form.

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