Erst (?), adv. [Orig. superlative of ere; AS. rest. See Ere.] [Archaic]

1.

First.

Chaucer.

2.

Previously; before; formerly; heretofore.

Chaucer.

Tityrus, with whose style he had erst disclaimed all ambition to match his pastoral pipe. A. W. Ward.

At erst, at first; at the beginning. -- Now at erst, at this present time.

Chaucer.

 

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