adverb, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
adjective, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
noun, plural ear·lies.
Origin of early
Synonyms for early
Examples from the Web for earlier
Contemporary Examples of 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!
January 8, 2015
In 2007, Huckabee said he stood by these earlier remarks, but would phrase them differently.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of earlier
"Paracelsus," so denominated, was one of Robert Browning's earlier poems.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Earlier in the evening there had been a Big Eating at Opata's, and now the men were dancing.The Trail Book
"You ought to have spoken of it earlier in the day," he went on slowly.Rico and Wiseli
He thought of what Mrs. Bothwell had said earlier in the day.
Hinde had parted from them earlier that evening than he had intended or they had expected.
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for early
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