verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- early-type star,
- early-warning system,
- earn one's keep,
- earn one's stripes,
- earn, loch,
- earned income,
- earned run
Origin of earn1
Examples from the Web for earner
Thanks to the presence of blackface and KKK costumes, her offensive fete went viral and earner her instant infamy.
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|Michael Tomasky|November 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
A $50,000 earner (married, filing separately, as all these examples will be) pays 17.25 percent.
It was more expensive, but it was quicker; and what did a few dollars matter, now that he was the husband of such an earner?We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
Charlie's voice, drink-thickened, harsh, came from a earner of the room into which she could not see until she moved nearer.Big Timber|Bertrand W. Sinclair
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
Efter en god Avler kommer en god Oder—After 40 an earner comes a waster.
But to take the earner, is compound, superlative, perpetual theft.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
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