verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of earn1
Synonyms for earn
Examples from the Web for earner
Contemporary Examples of earner
Thanks to the presence of blackface and KKK costumes, her offensive fete went viral and earner her instant infamy.Why It’s Time to End Blackface, Finally
October 31, 2013
For a $50,000 earner, that meant paying $1,000 a year less in payroll taxes.Michael Tomasky: GOP Is Set to Self-Destruct Over Payroll Tax
November 29, 2011
A $50,000 earner (married, filing separately, as all these examples will be) pays 17.25 percent.Perry's Ridiculous Tax Plan
October 24, 2011
Historical Examples of earner
Why should it continue to be paid out after the earner has died?A World by the Tale
Gordon Randall Garrett
As you are heading now, you will never be an earner—it is more likely that you will be a spender—of money.A Jolly by Josh
But to take the earner, is compound, superlative, perpetual theft.
Does the power to rob a man of his earnings, rob the earner of his right to them?
Round the earner from his lodgings on a side street and in darkness, stood a big car with the motor puffing violently.Civilization
Ellen Newbold La Motte
Word Origin for earn
1610s, agent noun from earn.
Old English earnian "deserve, earn, merit, win, get a reward for labor," from Proto-Germanic *aznojan (cf. Old Frisian esna "reward, pay"), from *azna "labor" especially "field labor" (cf. Old Norse önn "work in the field"), from PIE *aznon "to do harvest work, serve" (cf. Old High German arnon "to reap"), denominative verb from *es-en- "harvest, fall" (cf. Old High German aren "harvest, crop," German Ernte "harvest," Old English ern "harvest," Gothic asans "harvest, summer," Old Church Slavonic jeseni, Russian osen, Old Prussian assanis "autumn").
Also from the same root are Gothic asneis, Old High German esni "hired laborer, day laborer," Old English esne "serf, laborer, man." Related: Earned; earning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with earn
- earn one's keep
- earn one's stripes
- penny saved is a penny earned