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early bird

a person who rises at an early hour.
a person who arrives before others, as for the purpose of gaining some advantage:
The early birds got the best seats for the play.
(initial capital letters) Aerospace. the first of the Intelsat series of communications satellites, orbited (1965) by Intelsat.
Origin of early bird
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Didn't you tell him I was the early bird gone out to catch the worm?

  • "The early bird got the worm this time, I'm sure," said Mrs. Jo, merrily.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • First come first served, and the early bird laps up the cream.

  • Grodman was not an early bird, now that he had no worms to catch.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • Perhaps you have heard that the early bird catches the worm.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • It is not always the early bird that gets chicken and mushrooms.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
  • Confusion to the early bird: May it and the worm both be picked up.

    Toasts William Pittenger
  • I picked up from him a variant on "the early bird catches the worm."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The early bird has to be very early to get off with the worm.

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
British Dictionary definitions for early bird

early bird

(informal) a person who rises early or arrives in good time

Early Bird

one of a number of communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1965 into a stationary orbit and provided telephone channels between Europe and the US See also Intelsat
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Slang definitions & phrases for early bird

early bird


: an early-bird session/ early-bird radio program

noun phrase

  1. A person who habitually gets up early in the morning; one who greets the dawn • Based on the proverb ''The early bird catches the worm,'' attested fr the 1670s
  2. A person who arrives early at a gathering, the office, etc
  3. The first train, bus, airplane, etc, of the day (1883+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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