|Origin:||forme 'first' (12-16 centuries), from Old English forma|
for‧mer1 S2 W1 [only before noun]
happening or existing before, but not now [↪ present, previous]:
the former Soviet Union
Their farm has been reduced to half its former size.
having a particular position in the past [= ex-; ↪ present]:
my former husband
former president Clinton
in the past
what someone or something was like before they were changed by age, illness, trouble etc:
She seems more like her former self.
be a shadow/ghost of your former self (=be much less confident, healthy, energetic etc than you used to be)
The team's a shadow of its former self.