adverb, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
adjective, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
noun, plural ear·lies.
- earlier han,
- early adopter,
- early american,
- early bird,
- early bird catches the worm,
- early blight
Origin of early
Examples from the Web for earlier
Earlier this week, Huckabee ended his Fox News talk show so he could spend time mulling another bid for the Republican nomination.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In 2007, Huckabee said he stood by these earlier remarks, but would phrase them differently.
The pilot had earlier called air-traffic control reporting heavy clouds and asked to move up to 38,000 feet from 32,000 feet.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Correction: Officer Jose Rodriguez was misidentified in several places in an earlier version of this story.
Earlier, when the mayor spoke, some of the cops had turned their back on the Jumbotron that carried the service to the street.
If I was given the post, Colles was bound to consider what I had said in my earlier letter and give me some directions.Prester John|John Buchan
This is intensified when agriculture and commerce take the place of earlier modes of life.Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
In his earlier writings he gives six species but in the last edition of the Bushberg Catalogue thirteen are enumerated.The Grapes of New York|U. P. Hedrick
It was in turning little things like these to account, that Mr. Clay, in the earlier period of his career, was so remarkable.
It is singular how little warmth is necessary to encourage these earlier flowers to put forth!Wake-Robin|John Burroughs
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for early
Old English ærlic "early," from ær "soon, ere" (see ere) + -lice, adverbial suffix (see -ly (2)). Cf. Old Norse arliga "early." The early bird of the proverb is from 1670s. Related: Earlier; earliest.
In addition to the idioms beginning with early
- early bird catches the worm
- early on
- early to bed, early to rise (makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise)
- bright and early