Main meanings of -est in English

: -est1-est2

-est1

Pronunciation /?st/

suffix

  • Forming the superlative of adjectives (such as shortest, widest), and of adverbs (such as soonest).

Origin

Old English -ost-, -ust-, -ast-.

Main meanings of -est in English

: -est1-est2

-est2

(also -st)

Pronunciation /?st/

suffix

archaic
  • Forming the second person singular of verbs.

    ‘canst’
    • ‘goest’

Origin

Old English -est, -ast, -st.