early

[ ur-lee ]
/ ˈɜr li /

adverb, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.

adjective, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.

noun, plural ear·lies.

a fruit or vegetable that appears before most others of its type.

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Idioms for early

    early on, with but little time elapsed; early in the course of a process, project, etc.; early in the game.

Origin of early

before 950; Middle English erlich (adj.), erliche (adv.), Old English ǣrlīc, ǣrlīce, mutated variant of ārlīc, ārlīce, equivalent to ār- early (positive of ǣr ere) + līc(e) -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM early

ear·li·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for earlier

early
/ (ˈɜːlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

adverb -lier

before the expected or usual time
near the first part of a period or sequenceI was talking to him earlier

Derived forms of early

earliness, noun

Word Origin for early

Old English ǣrlīce, from ǣr ere + -līce -ly ²; related to Old Norse arliga
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Idioms and Phrases with earlier

early

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