- by this or that time; previously; prior to or at some specified or implied time: When we came in, we found they had already arrived.
- now; so soon; so early: Is it noon already?
- Informal. (used as an intensifier to express exasperation or impatience): Let's go already!
Origin of already
Examples from the Web for already
And yes, someone has already called Spencer a “Small Fry,” har har.
Merabet had already been immobilized by a bullet to the groin.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
For his part, Bratton is disappointed but not surprised that the same narrative is already being mapped onto Fry and Spencer.
Cassandra, whose hair has already begun to fall out from her court-mandated chemotherapy, could face a similar outcome.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
French officials were already on edge after a series of apparently unconnected attacks, including the stabbing of police officers.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
Perhaps you already know that Anaxagoras fell asleep in Ionia.
I have another favour to ask, in addition to the many claims you already have upon me.
But Uncle Peter had already put in some hard winters, and was not wanting in fortitude.
Anyway, he said, Jim had already sure-enough drowned as fur as there was any fun in it.
Miss Bines and young Milbrey were already on excellent terms.
- by or before a stated or implied timehe is already here
- at a time earlier than expectedis it ten o'clock already?
Word Origin and History for already
c.1300, compound of all + ready (adj.); literally "fully ready." Cf. Norwegian, Danish allerede "already." Colloquial use in U.S. as a terminal emphatic (e.g. enough, already!) is attested from 1903, translating Yiddish shoyn, which is used in same sense. The pattern also is attested in Pennsylvania German and in South African.