early

early

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English

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɝli/, enPR: ûr′lē
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɜː.li/, enPR: ûr′lē
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)li
  • Hyphenation: ear‧ly
  • Homophone: Earley

Etymology 1

From Middle English erly, erlich, earlich, from Old English ǣrlīċ, ārlīċ (early, adjective), equivalent to ere +‎ -ly. Compare Old English ǣrne (early), West Frisian earen (early).

Adjective

early (comparative earlier, superlative earliest)

  1. At a time in advance of the usual or expected event.
  2. Arriving a time before expected; sooner than on time.
  3. Near the start or beginning.
  4. Near the start of the day.
  5. Having begun to occur; in its early stages.
  6. (astronomy) Of a star or class of stars, hotter than the sun.
    Antonym: late
Synonyms
  • (at a time in advance of the usual): premature
  • (near the start): first
Antonyms
  • (at a time in advance of the usual): late
  • (illness: having begun to occur): terminal
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Noun

early (plural earlies)

  1. (informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place early in the day.
Antonyms
  • late

Etymology 2

From Middle English erly, orely, arely, erliche, arliche, from Old English ǣrlīċe, ārlīċe (early; early in the morning, adverb), equivalent to ere +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Norse árliga, árla ( > Danish årle, Swedish arla, Norwegian årle, Faroese árla).

Adverb

early (comparative earlier, superlative earliest)

  1. At a time before expected; sooner than usual.
  2. Soon; in good time; seasonably.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The May Queen
      You must wake and call me early.
Synonyms
  • prematurely
Antonyms
  • late, tardily
Translations

Anagrams

  • Arely, Arley, Layer, Leary, Raley, Rayle, layer, leary, re-lay, relay

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