-est

I
aff. a suffix forming the superlative degree of adjectives and adverbs:
fastest; soonest; warmest[/ex]
Etymology: ME; OE -est, -ost II
-est
or -st
aff. an ending of the second person singular indicative of verbs, now occurring only in archaic forms or used in solemn or poetic language:
knowest; sayest; goest[/ex]
Etymology: ME; OE -est, -ast, -st, 2nd pers. sing. pres. indic. endings of some verbs (-s earlier v. ending +-t, by assimilation from thū thou I) and 2nd pers. sing. past endings of weak verbs (earlier -es+-t)

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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