verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of earn1
Related formsearn·er, noun
Can be confusedearn urn
Definition for earning (2 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for earning
Word Origin for earn
Idioms and Phrases with earning
In addition to the idioms beginning with earn
- earn one's keep
- earn one's stripes
- penny saved is a penny earned