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 early
When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
It’s cool because Trenchmouth opened for Green Day in the early ‘90s in Wisconsin.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
At first—it was the early stages of reporting—I was amused at having been so crassly underestimated.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Early on, the sexual protagonist complains that her Molson-drinking husband is pretty much an incompetent Neanderthal.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Detectives with a fugitive task force caught up with Polanco and a friend on a Bronx street in the early afternoon.
Meantime, Allison and Kitty, hurrying home with their guest, had delighted Norah by a demand for early supper.The Little Colonel at Boarding-School|Annie Fellows Johnston
Owing to circumstances, the eldest lad had to be sent to school at an early age.The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons|Ellice Hopkins
His eye-glass gave him an air of full dress even at this early hour.The Girl From His Town|Marie Van Vorst
The country abounds in reptiles, and the prevalent fishes are of the early kinds, having a cartilaginous structure.Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation|Robert Chambers
The dead calm of early morning was on the water, and the little craft went skimming and wimpling across.Rolf In The Woods|Ernest Thompson Seton
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