One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Highest in position, uppermost; outermost, covering all the rest; farthest away. Now Newfoundland and rare.
Middle English; earliest use found in Statutes of the Realm. Superlative of over. Compare Old High German obarōst, adverb, obarōsto, adjective (Middle High German oberest, adjective, German oberst (adjective) highest, Oberst (noun) superior, colonel).
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