erst

Erst \Erst\ ([~e]rst), adv. [Orig. superlative of ere; AS. [=ae]rest. See {Ere}.] [Archaic] 1. First. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Previously; before; formerly; heretofore. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Tityrus, with whose style he had erst disclaimed all ambition to match his pastoral pipe. --A. W. Ward. [1913 Webster] {At erst}, at first; at the beginning. {Now at erst}, at this present time. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]