-est


-est
-est1
a suffix forming the superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs: warmest; fastest; soonest.
[ME; OE -est, -ost. Compare Gk -isto-]
-est2
a native English suffix formerly used to form the second person singular indicative of verbs: knowest; sayest; goest.
Also, -st.
[ME; OE -est, -ast, -st, 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. endings of some verbs (-s earlier verbal ending + -t, by assimilation from thu THOU1) and 2nd pers. sing. past endings of weak verbs (earlier -es + -t)]

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