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
verb (used without object) Obsolete.
Origin of earn2
Examples from the Web for earning
He also bragged about earning a PhD, a point Smerconish did not question.
In the 21st century women are earning their equality every step of the way… including the bedroom.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex|Aurora Snow|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Instead of wallowing in comedy exile, Slate was earning a book deal.
For many aspiring comedians, earning a place on SNL is their entire raison d'être.
When Ma was still an English teacher in Hangzhou earning $12 a month, he gathered 17 men and women in his apartment.
We will leave these poor devils, in pity, to trade with others; but they must not delay us to make a pretence of earning money.No Thoroughfare|Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
He is now earning ten shillings a week in a grocery business.The Quiver 3/1900|Anonymous
Earning their livelihood thus basely, debauchery and crime constitute their every-day history.
There seemed no possibility of his ever earning enough to live decently upon.New Grub Street|George Gissing
His soul carries itself Godward even when he is earning his daily bread.The Whole Armour of God|John Henry Jowett
Word Origin for 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