adverb, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
adjective, ear·li·er, ear·li·est.
noun, plural ear·lies.
Origin of early
Examples from the Web for earliness
Thomas Rivers introduced it into England where it has long been grown and esteemed for its earliness and good quality.The Peaches of New York|U. P. Hedrick
A point of merit is earliness, as it ripens just before Moore Early.The Grapes of New York|U. P. Hedrick
As for the earliness of the season, the boys have had plenty of practice and they ought to have struck their gait before this.Baseball Joe on the School Nine|Lester Chadwick
I returned to my lodging, and forthwith betook myself to bed, notwithstanding the earliness of the hour.Lavengro|George Borrow
Notwithstanding the earliness of the hour, and the roughness of the weather, a great crowd was rushing on board.Gleanings by the Way|John A. Clark
British Dictionary definitions for earliness
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for early
Word Origin and History for earliness
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.
Idioms and Phrases with earliness
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