(rare) comparative form of chief

Source: Wiktionary


Chief, n. Etym: [OE. chief, chef, OF. chief, F. chef, fr. L. caput head, possibly akin to E. head. Cf. Captain, Chapter]

1. The head or leader of any body of men; a commander, as of an army; a head man, as of a tribe, clan, or family; a person in authority who directs the work of others; the pricipal actio or agent.

2. The principal part; the most valuable portion. The chief of the things which should be utterly destroyed.1. Sam. xv.

Chief, a.

1. Highest in office or rank; principal; head. "Chief rulers." John. xii. 42.

2. Principal or most eminent in any quality or action; most distinguished; having most influence; taking the lead; most important; as, the chief topic of conversation; the chief interest of man.

3. Very intimate, near, or close. [Obs.] A whisperer separateth chief friends. Prov. xvi. 28.


– Principal; head; leading; main; paramount; supreme; prime; vital; especial; great; grand; eminent; master.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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27 February 2021


(verb) engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate; “The President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist”

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