One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thing that lasts for a relatively long time; specifically a fruit, vegetable, or flower that remains in good condition. Frequently modified by long, good, poor, etc.
2†(a) A person who lasts or survives (obsolete). (b) A person or animal that has staying power.
A worker who shapes boots and shoes on a last.
Mid 16th century. From last + -er<br>mid 19th century. From last + -er.
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